As a parent of a school football player, I am very conscious of the dangers of the sport. I was interested to read recent comments by President Obama who recently said he would not let his son play pro football because of the risks.
Of course, the President does not have a son. But, if he had one, he would not let him play pro football, he said in an interview with the New Yorker.
“At this point, there’s a little bit of caveat emptor,” Obama told the magazine. “These guys, they know what they’re doing. They know what they’re buying into. It is no longer a secret. It’s sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know?”
Brain injuries in football have made big news and big legal settlements of late. Last year the NFL reached a $765 million settlement with former players over claims the sport left them with brain injuries. However, the lawsuit did not concede liability for brain injuries such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that may have been linked to playing football.
The payout will be split among former players and medical researchers. A federal judge has still to approve the deal.
Obama drew parallels with the sport of boxing in his comments.
As experienced VA Beach brain injury lawyers we are very concerned the authorities are only now waking up to some of the dangers of concussions on the sports field, long after the damage has been done.
Brain injuries are among the worst kinds of injuries you can receive. While symptoms may be fairly evident after a car crash or an explosion in Afghanistan, sports players are beginning to feel the long term effects of repeated knocks to the head, years after they retired.
Our TBI lawyers are experienced in these complex cases. John Cooper was a member of the legal team that successfully obtained a $46 million dollar verdict for a brain injury victim.
If you have receive a brain injury playing sport or in a fall or car wreck, call Cooper Hurley at 757.455.0077 or see Cooperhurley.com