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NFL Concussion Lawsuit Gains International Attention

July 12th, 2012

Weeks after founding partner Christopher Seeger was appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the Multidistrict Litigation surrounding allegations that the National Football League improperly treated player injuries, the case continues to gain momentum in the media both in the US and abroad. A recent article in the Australian publication The Sydney Morning Herald discusses controversy around the removal of an Australian football player from the field after he experienced a concussion. Citing the consolidated American lawsuits, led by Chris Seeger in Philadelphia, the article noted that the Australian Football League’s strict handling of the player’s injury is actually best practice. The article notes, “Last month, a class action lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia, with up to 80 former NFL players and their families claiming the league had purposely hid links between concussion-related head trauma and permanent brain damage suffered to players. If this claim is successful, there will be global ramifications.” Follow the latest developments in the NFL concussion lawsuit through Seeger Weiss’ up-to-date NFL Football Concussions Page.


Christopher A. Seeger Named Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in Multidistrict NFL Concussion Litigation

May 15th, 2012

Seeger Weiss is pleased to announce that founding partner Christopher A. Seeger has recently been appointed as Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in the litigation pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The litigation, styled as In Re: National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2323, is pending before the Honorable Anita B. Brody. This appointment comes as thousands of former football players have filed suit against the National Football League  focusing on the negligence of the NFL in not providing adequate warnings of the risks associated with concussions and related head trauma injuries.

In making the appointment during the initial MDL status conference, Judge Brody stated, “I want lead counsel.  I have done my homework on that too.  And I would very much like one of co-lead counsel to be Mr. Seeger, Chris Seeger.  I have to tell you, the ratings of people who have had MDLs with you involved have been very, very high, your law firm.”

If you or someone you know has had a sports related injury, contact us today. An experienced attorney with Seeger Weiss LLP will assist you in evaluating your claim. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part and all initial consultations are free of charge. Seeger Weiss LLP has office locations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and California.


Bounty Scandal Reveals More NFL Safety Problems

March 22nd, 2012

A “bounty scandal” within team leadership on the New Orleans Saints has exposed yet another major flaw regarding the safety of National Football League players. Saints coach Sean Payton and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams were both formally reprimanded by the League for their involvement in a program that awarded money to players for injuring formidable opponents. The bounties all but openly encouraged members of the team to “fight dirty,” putting themselves and other players at risk. Yesterday, the NFL suspended Williams indefinitely and suspended Payton for one year.

While the NFL’s public rebuke is a step in the right direction, the entire affair adds to the ever increasing number of concerns about player safety. Late last year, Seeger Weiss LLP brought to light the League’s misuse of a dangerous drug called Toradol through a lawsuit that claims victims suffered brain damage at the hands of team medics. The personal injury attorneys of Seeger Weiss will review the claims of anyone who has been harmed by a sports related injury for free. To learn more, click here.


NFL Super Bowl Ad Emphasizes Safety

February 7th, 2012

If you were one of the 111.3 million people watching the Super Bowl this past Sunday, you may have noticed that one of the big game’s much-anticipated commercials actually came from the National Football League itself. In the clip below, which originally aired during the Giants-Patriots match, the NFL describes the history of football in the United States. Using the tagline “evolution”, the League emphasizes developments in the rules to promote player health and safety. The website advertised at the end of the commercial, titled “NFL Evolution | Health & Safety” includes an interactive feature that details these improvements more fully.

The release of the multimillion dollar advertisement comes in the midst of much heated criticism of the medical supervision of players. As CNN reported just hours before the Super Bowl, the discussion was sparked as a result of hundreds of former players filing lawsuits against the NFL for a host of ailments (mostly related to brain damage) they say they developed because of inadequate treatment of injuries. One of the most notable cases was brought in early December on behalf of 11 former players by Seeger Weiss LLP, a national plaintiff’s law firm based in New York City. With extensive experience in drug injurypersonal injury and medical malpractice, Seeger Weiss offers to review the case of anyone who has been harmed by a sports injury at no cost. Learn more here.

 


TIME Weighs in on NFL Concussion Policies

January 6th, 2012

In a recent piece in TIME, sports columnist Sean Gregory examines the National Football League‘s policies regarding on-field injuries. As Gregory notes, in response to the widely publicized injury of Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, the NFL has recently refined its rules on concussions, now requiring an independent trainer to be present at all games. But according to Gregory, this effort isn’t enough to keep players safe. He suggests that the League should place a neurologist in the press box along with the trainer, to ensure that someone with a specialty in concussions is present.

Even prior to the helmet-on-helmet hit involving Colt McCoy, Seeger Weiss LLP has been putting significant pressure on the NFL to improve its treatment of players’ concussions. In early December, the experienced drug injury and medical malpractice attorneys of Seeger Weiss filed a lawsuit against the League on behalf of 11 former players. These athletes now suffer from a host of ailments due to the League’s repeated mistreatment and neglect of concussions.

If you have suffered from a sports related injury or have experienced any of the adverse effects of Toradol, a drug administered by the NFL that is  known to decrease the warning signs of a concussion, contact Seeger Weiss today. Our drug injury and medical malpractice attorneys will review your case for free.

 


NFL Players Discuss Concussion Culture

December 27th, 2011

Sports media outlets have been abuzz since the Associated Press published the results of an interview with 44 National Football League players on Sunday that seemed to confirm the existence of a league-wide “tough-it-out” attitude. The group of interviewees included at least one representative from each of the 32 teams, 33 starters, 11 reserves, 25 offensive players, and 19 defensive players.  Among the questions posed, one asked, “If you get what you think could be a concussion, do you think you would hide it and try to stay in the game or immediately pull yourself out?” 23 of the 44 players admitted that they would attempt to hide their injuries.

While the results of the survey are disturbing, they should not come as a shock to anyone following the recent case against the NFL that Seeger Weiss LLP has brought on behalf of 11 former players. The plaintiffs allege that they were regularly administered the drug Toradol, which can mask the symptoms of a concussion and cause cerebral bleeding. The case, and many others like it, have brought to light a brutal culture in the NFL, in which potentially life-threatening conditions are often left untreated. Another question in the AP’s interview asked if players believed an independent neurologist should be present at games to check for concussions. 31 of the 44 players answered “Yes.”

To learn more about Seeger Weiss’ investigation of the NFL’s use of Toradol, click here.

To read the full results of the Associated Press interview, click here.


NFL Concussion Controversy Continues

December 13th, 2011

Football fans across the nation are weighing in on the National Football League‘s medical practices since Colt McCoy of the Cleveland Browns was permitted to continue playing after enduring a helmet-on-helmet hit last week. McCoy was back in last Thursday’s game a mere two plays after colliding with linebacker James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers; and by the end of the fourth quarter, McCoy was experiencing classic concussion symptoms, including memory problems and sensitivity to light. It has since been revealed that the medical staff of the Cleveland Browns did not conduct a concussion test immediately following the tackle.


This controversial story comes just a few days after Seeger Weiss LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of 11 former NFL players who say they were given Toradol, a drug that minimized the warning signs of concussions. Many of these players continue to experience symptoms ranging from depression to frequent headaches. If you have been harmed by Toradol or another drug, our experienced drug injury and personal injury lawyers might be able to help you seek retribution. Our attorneys practice in a number of states across the country, and Seeger Weiss LLP was recently named to the top tier of New York City Mass Tort and Class Action firms by U.S. News and World Report.

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Seeger Weiss Represents Former NFL Players in Concussion Suit

December 6th, 2011

Seeger Weiss LLP is currently representing a group of eleven former professional football players in a lawsuit against the National Football League. The players - Joe Horn, Chris Walsh, Jim Finn, Scott Dragos, Jerome Pathon, Isaiah Kacyvenski, Brad Scioli, Matt Joyce, Sean RyanPaul Zukauskas and Sean Berton - allege that the NFL failed to take necessary steps to protect them from long-term brain injuries in the face of overwhelming medical evidence that on-field concussions lead directly to such injuries. The suit also contends that NFL officials – including the League’s own medical committee – repeatedly concealed from players risks associated with concussions and also dangerous side effects of medication administered by NFL personnel.

An important new element to the lawsuit is its focus on a potent anti-inflammatory medication called Toradol. Players allege that they were repeatedly administered the drug, often just prior to games, to reduce on-field pain, a practice that is reportedly still widely condoned by NFL teams today. Medical experts have found that Toradol – manufactured by Roche – can mask symptoms of head injury while inducing greater cerebral bleeding, greatly increasing the risk of long-term brain damage.

“The use of pain reducing, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Toradol in professional sports is a dangerous practice potentiating greater injury and long-term damage to players,” said Christopher Seeger, founding partner of Seeger Weiss LLP.  “This is especially relevant in the case of concussions in the NFL due to the extreme high- impact forces incurred, the highly competitive nature of the players, the environment that fosters post-injury play and the importance of the brain to human function.”

In addition to Mr. Seeger, the players are represented by Marc Albert of the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert, as well as James Cecchi of the New Jersey firm of Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody & Agnello, P.C.

Click here to read more about this ground-breaking case, or visit Seeger Weiss’ website for more information about this acclaimed national plaintiffs’ firm.