It's been more than a year since we first mentioned about cases being brought against the NFL regarding concussions. Football players had suffered these concussions as a result of their playing career. Two wrongful death lawsuits that have been brought in Pennsylvania concerning former player Junior Seau have now been consolidated with these concussion litigation matters brought against the NFL.
Many Pittsburgh football fans by now have know of the tragic circumstances of former professional football player, Dave Duerson. Because Duerson committed suicide last year, his family has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL alleging that the league should have done more to treat or prevent concussions. They have also filed suit against a prominent helmet manufacturer stating the helmets that football players wore did not adequately protect them from concussions.
Inspired in part by the increased focus on concussions in sports in recent years by the media and safety advocate groups, Virginia Tech researchers set out to test and rate helmets currently on the market for their ability to lessen the risk of concussions. When the results were recently released, only one helmet was given the highest possible rating, while one of the most popularly worn helmets among high school and college players received the lowest rating. It remains to be seen whether or not the manufactures of the lowest rated helmets will be held liable for these dangerous and possibly defective products.