More former NFL players file lawsuit over brain injuries

The National Football League has several lawsuits pending as more and more former NFL players have come forwarded, claiming that repeated head injuries they suffered while playing has lead to permanent brain injuries.

This past week, three more retired players have filed a lawsuit against the NFL and want to establish a medical monitoring program for detecting brain damage. Tommy Mason, 72; Harry Jacobs, 74; Jerome Barkum, 61; and their wives are listed as plaintiffs on the lawsuit. They claim the league knew or should have known about the risks and serious effects of repeated head injuries.

The lawsuit was filed early last week in Manhattan.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact the Minnesota brain injury lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates today at (612) 334-3444.



Woman awarded $30 million for brain injury suffered in boat accident

A 27-year-old woman from Chico, California was recently awarded over $30 million by a Butte County jury after she suffered a serious brain injury during a boating accident. The jury cited the boat’s manufacturing company, MasterCraft Boat Co., as liable for the woman’s injuries.

The boating accident occurred in 2006 when the woman and her friends were riding on MasterCraft’s X45 boat. The boat, advertised as able to hold up to 18 people, was occupied by 19 people, many of whom were sitting in the boat’s bow. When the boat’s driver made a turn at 5 miles per hour, the boat’s bow became submerged in water and swept the woman and her friend into the boat’s spinning propeller. The woman suffered lacerations to her face and skull and lost her left eye, as well as part of her frontal lobe.

The jury found that MasterCraft was negligent in its design of the X45 boat and did not test the boat prior to advertising to customers that it could hold up to 18 people. The jury awarded the woman $30 million for past and future medical expenses, as well as emotional and physical trauma. The jury is also asking that the X45 boat be recalled.

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of a company’s negligent design of a product, please contact the Minnesota traumatic brain injury lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.



Minnesota bill on education about brain injuries supported in House

A bill in Minnesota that deals with brain injuries is currently gaining support in the state’s legislation committees. The bill would require that young athletes and their coaches receive education about brain injuries.

In addition to requiring education on brain injuries, the bill would also establish tougher standards for allowing an athlete to return to a sport after they have suffered a concussion. The bill requires that an athlete be given written permission by a doctor before participating in practices or games.

Supporters of the bill are hoping that it will decrease the number of traumatic brain injuries that occur in school sports.

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury while playing sports, please contact the Minnesota traumatic brain injury lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.