If the concussion issue does become a national crisis, one might point to August 29 as the tipping point.
On that day, it was reported that lawsuits were filed separately by athletes at the professional, college and high school level.
“It’s a fallacy to think this litigation will begin and end with the lawsuits filed against the National Football League,” said Paul D. Anderson, the editor of Concussion Litigation Reporter and the founder and publisher of NFLConcussionLitigation.com. “This is an area of law that is just now getting its legs.”
At the K-12 area, a Connecticut couple is suing a municipality, several of its employees, a local youth football league and the national organization that oversees it for injuries their teenaged son suffered during a 2010 football game.
In collegiate athletics, a former small college football player has sued the university, head football coach and team trainers over head injuries he allegedly suffered during practice and the subsequent treatment he received.
In the professional sports space, a soccer player, who retired three years ago because of concussions, has sued the club and coach for $12 million.
Concussion Litigation Reporter will report extensively on all three lawsuits in the next issue.