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New Lawsuit Filed Today in Federal Court Against NFL for Conspiring to Increase Risks of Brain Damage to Players

The lawsuits against the National Football League (NFL) for its misguided policies regarding concussion management are flying fast and furiously.

Following the case brought in Los Angelis by players alleging intentional deception on the part of the NFL regarding minimizing and hiding the risks of permanent brain injury following sports related concussions, comes a new case filed today in the Federal District Court in Philadelphia, PA.

The new suit by is a class action by retired NFL players who allege that the NFL has "turned a blind eye" for the last four decades as coaches encouraged them to use helmets as on-field weapons, hoping to "keeping its fan base excited and interested in the violence of this sport."

The suit further states that in addition to negligently condoning the use of the helmet as an "offensive weapon" to "block, tackle, butt, spear, ram and/or injure opposing players by hitting with their helmeted heads," the National Football League conspired to conceal clear evidence that their passive approach to helmet use and concussions resulted in severe long-term damage to players.

Similar to the California case, this suit further claims that the league conspired with independent contractors and "team members" to "continuously discount and reject the causal connection between multiple concussions suffered while playing in the NFL, a non-scientific return-to-play policy for players suffering concussions and the chronic long term effects of these injuries".

The suit seeks to have the NFL fund a long term medical monitoring program for former and current players who have suffered concussions and brain damage and may be at risk for developing dementia.

As I have been saying for quite some time, according to the suit, the NFL didn't merely fail to prevent on-field concussions. It "failed to take reasonable steps to develop appropriate and necessary guidelines to recognize, diagnose and treat players with concussions," and it failed to develop a satisfactory "return-to-play" policy that would keep concussed players off the field until they could safely return.

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