The National Football League (NFL) added a new play in its fight against traumatic brain injury with a sizeable donation to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the NFL, the $30 million gift to fund research into brain injuries and other medical issues is the largest contribution it’s ever made. The Bethesda, MD-based NIH will apply the funds to focus on mild traumatic brain injury in order to benefit military members, the general population, and football players as well.
The NFL has received a great deal of recent attention related to brain injury. During the past several seasons, the NFL has sought to improve its regulations and enhance the way in which players are diagnosed and treated for concussions. The NFL has been alleged by former players of neglecting to provide sufficient warning of the dangers of head injuries: a claim which the NFL denies. The matter is currently in litigation.
Football is an exciting sport to play and watch. Yet, with each passing year, the game has become faster and more aggressive. While spectators enjoy watching their favorite teams each week, the players often feel the physical impact long after the game has ended. During the 2011 season, a total of 266 concussions occurred, a mild decrease from the 270 occurrences during the 2010 season. The NFL has altered rules related to game play and practice in an attempt to reduce further incidents.
Whether on the playing field or in any other environment, those who experience concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury can face significant consequences for a considerable amount of time. At the law offices of Fisher Stark, we understand that brain injuries are a serious matter. We have considerable experience with brain injury cases and work diligently to see our clients obtain the proper diagnosis. If you or a loved one are facing issues related to traumatic brain injury, contact us to see how we can be of assistance.
Last updated 7/5/2015