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NFL Ends Longstanding Denial Of Football-CTE Connection

Faced with mounting evidence on the subject, the National Football League finally admitted that football can cause brain damage.
When Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) asked Senior Vice President for Health and Safety Jeff Miller if there was a link between football and degenerative head injuries like chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Mr. Miller responded “certainly yes.” He based his response on the work of Boston University’s Dr. Ann McKee, who found CTE in 90 of the 94 brain autopsies she has performed on deceased former NFL players. Mr., Miller’s statement, which was endorsed by the league in a statement, marks a dramatic turnaround. As recently as this year’s Super Bowl week, Dr. Mitch Berger of the NFL’s subcommittee on brain injuries said there was no connection between football and brain trauma.
Lawyers representing the players in their appeal of the $1 billion concussion settlement quickly seized upon the NFL’s sudden change of heart. In a letter to a Philadelphia appeals court, an attorney slammed the settlement as inadequate to compensate CTE victims and their families.
Brain Injury Compensation
For the most part, many injuries heal given time, treatment, and therapy. But brain injuries are different, because dead brain cells do not regenerate. Furthermore, most trauma injuries are localized to a specific part of the body. Not so with brain and neck injuries, because any injury to the body’s nerve center has permanent consequences for the members.
As a result, juries often make large damage awards in these cases, because the victims are left with lifelong injuries. In many cases, the victims will never be able to work or live the lives that they lived before the injury. Many victims require almost round-the-clock care, in addition to extensive physical therapy. Moreover, their dwellings must be physically altered, especially there are staircases and narrow passageways.
Most brain injuries occur after motor vehicle crashes, falls, assaults, and loud noises. Anyone can be a victim, but children under 14 and adults over 65 are the most at-risk age groups. Fortunately, as researchers are starting to understand more about brain injuries, there is effective treatment available in even the most severe cases.
Brain injuries have lifelong consequences. For a free consultation with attorneys who are dedicated to victims, contact our office. We do not charge upfront legal fees in personal injury cases.

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