NHL Sued for Brain Injury of Former Player

- Thomas Cifarelli

The family of a former NHL player recently filed a lawsuit against the NHL for failing to keep the former player safe, and for the league’s failure to inform him of the permanent consequences of brain injury to which players like him are regularly exposed.

This lawsuit comes about a year after over 200 former NHL players filed a federal class action suit against the league for concussion-related injuries.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

The former player died early this year of an undisclosed cause. But an autopsy later showed that the player suffered from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. This disease is linked to repeated brain trauma and is said to be a common condition affecting dozens of former NHL players.

CTE can lead to impaired judgment, depression, memory loss, and progressive dementia.

Claiming Damages for Brain Injury

The former player participated in 641 games all over the United States. He sustained at least 11 concussions during his career. And the lawsuit claims that as a result of repeated brain injury, the player experienced various symptoms such as:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Photosensitivity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Memory problems
  • Mood and behavioral changes

The plaintiffs seek an unspecified amount as damages.

Seeking Treatment and Legal Help for Brain Injury

Brain injury is not readily apparent after an accident that involves a blow to the head. The symptoms can manifest over time and often when permanent injury may have set in. If you are involved in an accident where you may have hit your head, with or without visible signs of injury, it’s best to see a medical professional for a thorough examination and if necessary, for tests to determine any injury, including brain injury.

After obtaining appropriate treatment for your injury, you or your family should talk to a personal injury attorney who can assess your situation and your legal options under the circumstances.

Based out of Los Angeles, California, the Cifarelli Law Firm, LLP has over has been serving Southern California residents for over 30 years now. We have helped clients recover the maximum value of settlement that they legally deserve in a wide range of cases such as brain injury, truck accidents, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, products liability, and nursing home abuse.

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