players, for decades, was to minimize the injury and encourage players to return to play shortlyafter suffering a concussion.7.
In June 2010, in the face of mounting pressure, the NFL finally acknowledged thetruth. The NFL finally issued warnings to every team and player stating that concussionssuffered while playing NFL football can lead to CTE and its related symptoms, includingmemory loss, dementia, and death.8.
Plaintiffs are retired NFL football players.9.
Plaintiffs’ head injuries, and the serious, ongoing health consequences resultingfrom them, were directly caused and exacerbated by the negligence, fraud, and other misconductof the Defendants. Until very recently, Defendants have actively sought to suppress and obscurethe truth about the long-term effect of concussions suffered while practicing and playing footballfor the NFL.10.
Defendants’ efforts to obscure the truth about the cause, treatment, andconsequences of football-related concussions caused players who suffered concussions to bemisdiagnosed, to not receive proper treatment, and to continue practicing and playing with thesesevere injuries.11.
As a result of Defendants’ misconduct described herein, the Plaintiff retired NFL-football-players and their wives have suffered substantial injury, including economic loss, andinterference with their ability to live a normal life. Defendants are liable for negligence, fraud,and loss of consortium.
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