NFL Doctor’s Role in Concussion Lawsuit May Prompt More to Join Litigation


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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