Personal injury attorneys and athletes all over the U.S. have been following the WWE traumatic brain injury lawsuit with interest. Brought forward by Evan Singleton, Vito LoGrasso, and others, the lawsuit claims that the WWE is responsible for the neurological injuries the wrestlers suffered during their time with the WWE. To date, most of the claims have been rejected by the court.
Sports stars are big business: athletes generate millions of dollars for their industries. WWE, NFL, and other leagues diminish the seriousness of traumatic brain injury because they are afraid of losing money to personal injury lawsuit payouts, damaging their reputation and their bottom line, and having new rules put in place that alter the revenue-generating power of their sport.
In this equation, the players are the ones who can lose out. There are more than 20 professional sports leagues in the U.S. Each and every one of the players in those leagues is at risk for injury every time they suit up. True, part of that is the nature of the game, and players are well compensated for the strain they put on their bodies. But there’s a difference between a torn ligament and a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
TBIs are one of the worst injuries anyone can suffer, pro athlete or not. The simplest example of a traumatic brain injury is a concussion. When a person suffers repeated concussions, as some professional athletes do, each one can have an increasingly severe impact with more long-term consequences. However, “Brain injuries are often difficult to prove to a jury due to the lack of visible symptoms,” explains Orlando TBI attorney William Ruffier.
Risks Of Traumatic Brain Injury
TBI is defined as any change in your brain function that was caused by a blow to the head. You can bet these are never positive changes. Sufferers experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, and balance problems. There’s also an emotional component as patients deal with anxiety, fear, depression, and anger as a result of their condition. Sometimes the brain is so damaged the person hardly resembles themselves anymore.
Frank Gifford, Brett Favre, Eric Lindros, Mike Piazza, Muhammad Ali – these are just a few big name sports figures who lived with TBI as a result of their careers. Did their teams, coaches, and managers do enough to protect them? It’s time for sports leagues to stop pretending the risk isn’t real and start taking more precautions to protect their players.
Suffered A Blow To The Head? Consult An Orlando Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
Any athlete can suffer a traumatic brain injury, from a high school football player to a seasoned soccer player on the brink of retirement. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a TBI, contact Orlando traumatic brain injury lawyer William Ruffier at DWKMRS at 888-726-6735 or online to find out if you have a personal injury case.