As the litigation against the National Hockey League (NHL) continues, it is reported that over 200 former professional hockey players have joined an NHL concussion lawsuit. TorkLaw continues to investigate and provide free legal consultation to any former NHL player who may have questions about whether they qualify.
What is the lawsuit about?
Recently, many National Football League (NFL) players have sued that organization for long-term disabilities as the result of concussions. Evidence exists that NFL and NHL representatives had information linking concussions and head injuries to long-term cognitive problems and other conditions — and actively concealed the information from their players. While football and hockey players were aware of some inherent risks of their sport on their health, their employers did not make them aware of important medical information regarding the severity and impact of head injuries and their long-term neurological consequences. The NHL has known about the effects of traumatic head injuries and provided little to no support to help their players understand their risk.
Concussions in the NHL
For years, the National Hockey League (NHL) pushed aside questions about the risks and long-term consequences of head injuries to their players. It is well documented now that concussions and other traumatic head injuries increase the risk of permanent brain damage including the early onset of dementia, Alzheimer’s, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and other short- and long-term memory deficits.
Long-Term Impact and Similar Lawsuits
The long-term impact on the quality of a professional NHL player’s life after he retires hinges upon the care and treatment he can access. A similar lawsuit related to concussions included over 4500 former NFL players and reached a settlement of over $875 million.
Who is eligible to make a claim?
Former/retired NHL players who have suffered head injuries (TBI, stroke, paralysis, migraines, dizziness, etc) during their careers may be eligible. If the player died because of these injuries, his family may be eligible. It is best to speak with an attorney about the specifics of your case and determine if you are eligible to join an NHL concussion lawsuit. Call today for a free, confidential, no-obligation evaluation: 888.845.9696