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Concussion Injury Lawsuit Recently Filed on Behalf of 106 Former NFL Players

01st February 2012
By abnerbarb in Personal Injury
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A collective personal injury lawsuit has been recently filed by 106 former NFL football players against the National Football League. The complaint alleges that the NFL has long been aware of the serious risks that football players face from head impacts and concussions, and that the league has chosen to downplay the scientific evidence and acknowledge the risks. The plaintiffs contend the NFL caused serious injuries to thousands of players as a result of the NFL’s improper conduct. Concussion injuries have been an increased topic of discussion following the recent disclosure by the well-known Terry Bradshaw that he’s also suffering from brain damage due to repeated concussions inflicted while he was an NFL player.
Brain Concussion Injury
The term concussion describes an injury to the brain resulting from an impact to the head. “Concussions”can have serious consequences for the individual involved. Any trauma to the head, either directly or indirectly, can result in serious injury. Concussions can cause both short-term and long-term problems. Quite often the person suffering from a concussion doesn’t even remember the event that caused the concussion.

Concussion symptoms can include:
• Headache
• Loss of consciousness
• Dizziness
• Ringing in the ears
• Nausea or vomiting
• Slurred speech
• Fatigue

A mild concussion may involve no loss of consciousness or a very brief loss of consciousness. A severe concussion may involve prolonged loss of consciousness with a delayed return to normal.

Concussion Causes
A concussion can be caused by any significant blunt force trauma to the head such as a fall, a car accident, sports injury, or being struck on the head with an object.

Concussion Injury Lawyers
Trauma to the head and body put the brain at risk of injury. Sports medicine has helped all of us understand that jarring injuries like a tackle in a game of football or a body check in a game of hockey can cause serious and permanent brain injury. Car accidents and slip and fall injuries also put victims at risk of suffering serious and permanent brain injury. Sometimes a brain injury is obvious and other times it is not. No two-brain injuries are alike and the impairments suffered by each brain injury victim will be different. The brain is a complex organ that is composed of many sections, each controlling different functions of the body. Brain Injuries can cause a host of disabling physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral impairments.

Brain injuries and concussions can have a devastating effect on the lives of the victim and their families. Coping with the needs of a brain injury victim can be extremely difficult.

Laws Surrounding Brain Injury Compensation

In Ontario, victims of brain injury resulting from a car accident can claim compensation for their losses from their own insurance company (No-Fault Accident Benefits).

Your insurer is obliged to pay No-Fault Accident Benefits compensating for lost income and paying for help performing household maintenance and self care activities. It must also pay for all necessary medical services and rehabilitation. The benefits are payable upon application. Time limits govern when you must apply. Ontario laws determine which benefits are payable. Insurers often deny benefits they are obliged to pay. You are entitled to dispute the insurer’s refusal to pay your benefits. Different levels of benefits are available to brain injury victims, depending upon the type of injury and impairments. The process is complicated and requires analysis by an experienced Toronto brain injury lawyer.

Innocent victims of brain injury caused by a car accident or any other cause may also be entitled to claim compensation from the person responsible for the accident. The at-fault person’s insurer normally pays the compensation. In Ontario, injury victims who suffer serious and permanent injuries can recover damages compensating them for all of their losses, including their pain and suffering, their past and future lost income, their extraordinary future health care and home maintenance costs and their out of pocket expenses.

Time limits govern when the brain injury victim must notify the responsible parties that you intend to bring a claim and they also govern when you must start your claim for compensation. These time limits can restrict your rights to recover your losses. Each claim is different. Assessing the value of your brain injury claim and determining responsibility requires analysis by an experienced Toronto brain injury lawyer.
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