NFL Doctor’s Role in Concussion Lawsuit May Prompt More to Join Litigation
by Anthony Caruso on August 21, 2013
NFL doctor, Elliot Pellman, has served players for several years and made critical
decisions about whether to play athletes who have sustained head injuries. As new details unfold into the involvement of Pellman in these decisions - and his association
with former commissioner Paul Tagliabue - legal analysts are wondering whether these
details will have an impact on the ongoing concussion lawsuit and the recent addition of
more players in the controversial litigation.
Newly released documents reveal that Pellman sought many times to label concussions as minor sports injuries and was involved in several studies designed to discredit
independent studies proving otherwise, ESPN's Outside the Lines reports. In addition,
players contend that Pellman frequently sent players back on to the field following head
injuries. Perhaps more telling, documents reveal Pellman to have also been the personal
physician of Paul Tagliabue for roughly 10 years prior to joining the NFL and was given
unyielding authority despite his lack of expertise in brain injuries.
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