The National Football League stands accused of obscuring medical information about the connection between concussions and long-term neurological problems, according to lawyers representing players. New Jersey football fans are keenly aware of how violent pro football can be, and brain injuries are all too common. Now the players are fighting back against a league they say has been causing more harm than good.
Brain injuries have proven to be a problem facing athletes today. Even with stricter regulations and rule changes in some sports, the number of concussions and long term affects on are on the rise. This is a topic of concern for New Jersey players of all ages. Recent lawsuits filed with regard to a deceased NFL player have drawn national attention to the need for more protection from brain injuries.
Severe injuries can cause people to need long-term care and constant supervision. When someone suffers a brain injury, they may not only suffer physical damage, but damage to their brain which controls their mental functions. These injuries can leave people vulnerable to abuse by caretakers and assisted living facility staff.
People who suffer from brain injuries might have debilitating physical problems and more research is showing that these injuries can also have unsuspecting psychological effects that might not be immediately apparent. Those who have suffered traumatic brain injury might even experience things such as erratic driving.
Crosswalks are put in place to give pedestrians a safe place to cross the street and to warn drivers of people potentially crossing the street. One woman now has a brain injury after being hit by a New Jersey Transit bus in a crosswalk. The woman was halfway across the street when a bus hit her, pinning her underneath the vehicle. This week a settlement was approved for her lawsuit by the Superior Court in Passaic County for $7.85 million.