Key Defense Strategies For Sports Head Trauma Lawsuits

Law360 (July 26, 2019, 4:08 PM EDT) -- Athletes who claim sports caused brain trauma are increasingly suing teams, leagues, schools and equipment manufacturers. The suits are often brought years after leaving the playing field.

This article analyzes the recent trends of lawsuits that plaintiffs are filing related to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. These concussion lawsuits have expanded well beyond professional sports leagues such as the National Football League and National Hockey League.

Until now, courts frequently preclude individuals from bringing lawsuits against sports and equipment manufacturers because the participants typically assumed the risks of injury and/or they contractually waived liability of such injuries. However, more...

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