Over three dozen former players joined a lawsuit against the NFL which was filed in a Miami court. The plaintiffs include well known Najeh Davenport, who was a running back for the Miami Hurricane. The suit filed in Miami is yet another one against the NFL and is among the more than a dozen lawsuits filed in different Districts. The lawsuits claim that the National Football League has been ignoring evidence which suggests that repeated head injuries could cause long-term medical issues. The health problems include depression, migraine headaches, and memory loss.
The 46th showcase NFL game will be played on Sunday. The game attracts about 110 million viewers countrywide and probably the same number or more all over the world. The NFL will divert peoples’ attention from the game to the issue regarding the safety of players during the second half.
The NFL has recently been the recipient in a spate of class-action lawsuits. There is also an apparent half-hearted attempt by the league to ensure the safety of players on the field. The lawsuits are trying ensure that the league becomes more serious about player safety and that injured former players get compensated.
The opinion of the NFL following a spate of lawsuits is that players should not sue for compensation for injuries caused by concussions in a court. The lawyer representing the NFL said that the collective-bargaining agreement signed by the players dictates the procedure for solving such issues. According to the lawyer, the cases should be solved by arbitration. She also adds that every player’s venue for arbitration is determined by the years the player was active and the injuries sustained.