Wed 20th Jul | 2016

CTE and Sports-Related Brain Injury

Brain Trauma BY

One of the most devastating types of injuries a person can sustain is damage to the brain. Recent news stories and lawsuits have highlighted repetitive traumatic brain injuries known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. While there are many other types of brain injuries — all equally devastating in how they impact a person’s life — CTE has received widespread attention in recent years for a number of reasons, the first of which is the lawsuit set forth by numerous former pro football players who claim to have sustained brain injuries during their careers. Now, there is a new lawsuit.

A recent lawsuit has been brought by former professional wrestlers who claimed that they sustained numerous brain injuries during their careers. The lawsuit includes roughly 50 former wrestlers, their spouses, or their personal representatives claiming that while their moves were performed correctly, their repetitive head injuries were the result of the actions they performed in the ring. Additionally, the wrestlers claim that the defendant failed to fulfill their duty of care in preventing such injuries from occurring.

Determining Liability for Sports-Related Brain Injury

When determining liability for a brain injury, it is important to understand the exact cause of the injury. Because there are so many factors involved and so many ways for a brain injury to occur, liability could exist against multiple responsible parties. For example, if a high school football coach fails to remove an injured player from the field and encourages them to continue playing, he or she may be legally responsible for any harm that comes to the player. If a school encourages rough play that results in injury to a player, the school may be responsible for paying the player’s medical bills. Multiple defendants may be named depending on the circumstances.

Liability may also rest with an organization. Most notably, the following organizations have been named as defendants in brain injury lawsuits:

  • NFL
  • NCAA
  • Pop Warner

Brain Injury Advocates in West Palm Beach

At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman, we have extensive experience representing victims of brain injuries in a host of complex cases from on-the-job injuries and motor vehicle collisions to product defects and medical malpractice. We know that these types of cases require a skilled Florida brain injury attorney who can explain the entire process to you and fight for your rights. If you have sustained a serious brain injury in a negligence-related act caused by someone else, we encourage you to contact our firm to speak with us about your potential claim.

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