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In Spite of Massive Settlements, Brain Injury Lawsuits Keep Coming

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Washington, DC: In spite of the National Football League (NFL) shelling out $765 million to settle lawsuits related to brain injury, the brain injury lawyer remains increasingly busy as more and more brain injury victims emerge from the shadows. These are professional players of sport in both football and hockey; all claiming their employers should have known about the potential for traumatic brain injury and did little to foster concussion prevention.

One of the lawsuits, filed recently by five former players of the Kansas City Chiefs, cites studies on concussion and brain trauma that date back to the 1920’s.

According to KDVR FOX-31 (Denver, 12/4/13), a study conducted by pathologist Harrison Martland in 1928 labeled repetitive head trauma and degenerative brain disease as the “punch drunk syndrome.” The latter term has been used for decades when referring to pugilists, presumably stemming from a 1934 study by Dr. Harry Parker on neurological degeneration in boxers.

However, among other studies the brain injury lawsuit cites is a 1937 meeting of the American Football Coaches Association, during which participants are said to have acknowledged a “keen awareness” of concussion risk.

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