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Family of NFL linebacker files wrongful death suit

After the tragic death of Junior Seau, his family has filed a wrongful death suit. His family’s claim states that the NFL is responsible for “acts or omissions” that covered up the risk of his repeated head injuries.

Seau died last May at the age of 43 after 20 seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. This claim is quick to follow the numerous complaints that have been filed by thousands of ex-players from the NFL who suffered due to traumatic head injuries. More than 80 suits have been filed by over 2,000 players.

Seau committed suicide after he developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as a result of his time in the NFL. The wrongful death claim accuses the NFL of ignoring evidence tying violent on-field hits to traumatic brain injuries.

Since the 1970’s, the NFL has known about the increased risk of repetitive head injuries, but supposedly did not take measures to address the issue until 1994. From 1994 until 2010, the NFL attempted to control medical literature linking these injuries and post-career brain damage. The NFL is also accused of trying to “produce industry-funded, biased and falsified research” that denies that head impacts lead to serious risks.

To read more about other NFL players filing for traumatic brain injuries, click here.

Riddell Inc., a helmet manufacturer, is also being sued by Seau’s family. Riddell was accused of being “negligent in their design, testing, assembly, manufacture, marketing, and engineering of the helmets” used by NFL players, per the AP.

Should the NFL be held responsible for these injuries, just like employers are held responsible for their employee’s workplace injuries? Or should Seau have known the risks he was taking as he played 20 seasons in the brutal game of football? That’s up to the Court to decide, but we can all agree traumatic brain injuries can be prevented with the right measures. Hopefully the NFL takes these measures soon to prevent further injuries or death.

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