As an NFL fan, the name Gale Sayers brings to mind classic images of the Bears’ storied history. He is one of the all-time great running backs charging down the field, clad in navy and orange.
Unfortunately, even the great Gale Sayers suffered injuries during his playing days—including some brain injuries that have affected his entire life.
As experienced Colorado Springs brain injury attorneys, a recent headline featuring Sayers caught our attention: the Hall of Famer is suing the league, claiming he suffers from memory loss as a result of head injuries suffered while playing.
An article in the Chicago Tribune detailed the case, reporting that Sayers filed the lawsuit in September after suffering from headaches and short-term memory loss after retirement. He claims that he was sometimes sent back into games after suffering concussions and that the NFL overall did not do an adequate job in protecting him from the devastating concussive head traumas.
In August, the NFL reached a $765 million settlement with over 4,500 former players who accused the league of hiding the dangers of brain injury while profiting from the violence and popularity of the game.
What’s very interesting about Sayers’s brain injury suit is that, in addition to the negligence claims, he also claims fraudulent misrepresentation by the NFL—basically saying that the NFL didn’t warn him about the danger of playing with a concussion.
Sayers’s suit names several former football players who were discovered to have a progressively degenerative disease specific to those who suffer repetitive head trauma. It also cites articles and books by medical professionals that document the impact of cognitive deficiencies from head trauma on former players’ lives.
If you have personally suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another, don’t continue to suffer in silence. The effects of a head injury can reach into every aspect of your life. Contact an experienced Colorado brain injury attorney if you are suffering as a result of serious or repetitive head trauma.
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