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NFL continues to struggle with brain injury questions

Any type of damage to the brain can have devastating and long-term consequences that lead to a lifetime of specialized care and unending medical bills. Traumatic brain injury is most commonly associated with accidents or severe blows to the head, but a potential association between brain injuries and football has some people questioning the levels of violence in the sport.

Many former professional football players now suffer from brain damage believed to have been caused by the repetitive and serious hits to the head that occur while playing the game. The NFL is being sued by roughly 3,500 former players who claim that the organization did not do enough to warn them about these dangers or to protect them from harm.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is trying to find a way to solve this problem. He has discussed the idea of eliminating kickoffs and is planning to insist that neurologists are required at each game to evaluate the players as needed. He claims that part of the problem is that players are using their heads more in the game now than they did several decades ago. Some people theorize that modern equipment has given players a false sense of security, meaning that they may not worry as much about head-to-head contact with one another.

Whether the lawsuits against the NFL are successful or not remains to be seen. But anyone who suffers a traumatic brain injury through the negligence of another person or organization, whether in Galveston or elsewhere, may have a number of legal options. Victims should understand the laws and the legal process thoroughly in order to successfully launch a civil suit that could result in compensation for damages such as lost wages and medical expenses.

Source: The Daily News, "Column: Could football end up killing itself?" Feb. 2, 2013

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