A dozen former National Football League players have filed a personal injury suit against the NFL and others for allegedly overusing the painkiller Toradol. The lawsuit alleges that teams and trainers were regularly dispensing the medication, which made it difficult to know when players had sustained serious injuries, including concussions. The emphasis is on concussions and the long-term effects of concussions on the league’s players. The specific allegations are that the players have residual concussion symptoms, including anxiety, depression, memory loss, severe headaches, sleeplessness, and dizziness.
This story serves as a reminder for several lessons. First, it is again a reminder that in sports there are many injuries that aren’t just accidents. While some injuries are unavoidable, teams owe duties to players to take reasonable precautions to make sure the players are safe. That means not overly medicating them, not forcing them to practice in unreasonably hot or dangerous conditions, etc.
Additionally, the story is a reminder about the danger of concussions. I feel like I’m on a one-man crusade on this blog, but car wreck and other injury victims need to be on the lookout for symptoms of concussions. They are sometimes difficult to diagnose, but they can have long-term health consequences.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a sports-related incident or have suffered a concussion in an accident caused by the negligence of others, please give us a call, and we’ll do our best to help you out.