Recently, the NFL was sued by retired black players with a class-action lawsuit claiming (Henry v. Nat’l Football League) that the league intentionally misrepresented their “cognitive function” test results. The reason behind such misrepresentation was claimed to be depriving players of receiving benefits under the 2016 Concussion Settlement i.e., estimated around $1 billion.
What is a Class Action Law Suit?
In simple terms, a class-action lawsuit is referred to as a lawsuit filed collectively by a number of people as a single party. It is also known as a class suit or representative action. For instance, if a mobile carrier service is illegally charging its customers then the injured (legally injured) persons can collectively file against the carrier service instead of filing a suit separately.
Impact of Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injuries in Contact Sports
Time and again, new research points out the negative impacts of concussions and traumatic brain injuries in contact sports. There has been a growing concern amongst the public regarding such injuries as millions of professional plus non-professional athletes are victims of such injuries on an everyday basis. Such repetitive brain causes trauma that set in motion a series of pathological processes. According to research, “These processes create an ideal environment for the pathogenesis of progressive neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD). When the trauma is long-lasting or chronic, a continuous neurodegenerative condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy” (Maas et al., 2017). Another study indicated that “in football, the number of collisions involving the head is very high” (Powell, 2001). Numerous other research “shows that athletes who have repeated concussions are more likely to get long-term brain damage, including a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease that mimics dementia”.
- Maas, A.I., Menon, D.K., Adelson, P.D., Andelic, N., Bell, M.J., Belli, A., Bragge, P., Brazinova, A., Büki, ‘A., and Chesnut, R.M. (2017). Traumatic brain injury: integrated approaches to improve prevention, clinical care, and research. The Lancet Neurology 16, 987-1048.
- Powell, J. (2001, September). Cerebral Concussion: Causes, Effects, and Risks in Sports. Retrieved August 25, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC155423/