Former players sue the NFL


Has the NFL knowingly exposed players to the risk of brain injuries? The lawsuit brought against the NFL by former players will determine how much the NFL knew about the risk of traumatic brain injury and the cumulative effects of TBI in players who have sustained multiple concussions. The NFL has downplayed the data revealed in studies and has relied upon their own experts with sometimes dubious credentials.  They have largely ignored the clinical reality faced by players struggling with the cognitive, emotional and behavioral effects of brain injury. Oral arguments in this case began on April 9, 2013 in the United States District Court in Philadelphia both both sides represented by highly skilled attorneys.

In any other industry with the high potential for injury we would have seen aggressive investigations regarding the exposure of workers to a dangerous environment. On a daily basis we are barraged with advertisements on television from personal injury law firms who represent workers exposed to asbestos. Clearly in other industries there is a precedent which allows people who have been injured or effected by exposure on the job to be able to receive compensation for their injuries. Why is football different? Can the NFL hold out that players assumed the risk? Or, is the NFL somehow immune from accepting responsibility?

Michael Kaplen, an attorney who practices in the personal injury area, wrote a strong Op Ed piece in the Huffington Post which addresses the NFL lawsuit which readers of this blog may find relevant. Click here to read Mr. Kaplen’s  Op Ed.


About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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