Ex-AFL Player's Concussion Claims Against League Tossed

Law360, New York (May 11, 2017, 7:30 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge Wednesday dismissed a former Arena Football League player's concussion claims against his former employer, saying football's brain injury risks are not high enough to bypass the state workers' compensation law.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon found that Lorenzo Breland would have to prove playing football was "substantially certain" to cause a concussion in order to bypass the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act and bring a claim in federal court, and while the risk exists, it does not rise to that level.

"Though this court acknowledges that it is not uncommon for football players to experience brain injury,...

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June 22, 2015

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