According to a recent New York Times article, 75 veteran players of the National Football League have filed a lawsuit against the league, claiming that it failed to properly treat their concussions and reveal its knowledge that their injuries might cause long-term brain damage. This case is the first of its kind to specifically claim that the NFL failed to timely provide concussion warnings long ago.
The extensive suffering brought on by repeated blows to the head was sadly demonstrated earlier this year when Dave Duerson, formerly of the Chicago Bears, committed suicide. Prior to taking his life, Duerson repeatedly sought help with his troubling mental struggles. After his death, Duerson’s brain was carefully examined. Authorities have now disclosed that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.), a condition brought on by repetitive head injuries. Many know this diagnosis best as either “boxer’s dementia” or dementia pugilista.
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