In an apparent effort to combat the notion that the NFL does not take head injury seriously, the NFL is set to donate $30 million to the National Institutes of Health to promote brain injury research. While the research is expected to benefit members of the military and general public in addition to athletes, the donation comes at an interesting time since the NFL is facing large lawsuits regarding concussions suffered by players.
Pennsylvanians in particular may be hearing more about this issue in the near future. The NFL lawsuits are being consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Though an estimated 3,400 NFL players have sued over brain injuries, the NFL wants to demonstrate that it is invested in finding ways to better prevent and treat head trauma. This donation is the largest in NFL history. The first project to be funded by the donation is research on mild traumatic brain injuries, one of the common injuries suffered by active-duty members of the military.
Brain injuries can result from any blow or jolt to the head that moves the head and brain suddenly, causing the brain to swell, bruise, tear or form blood clots. Besides sports, common causes of brain injuries include motor vehicle accidents and falls. These injuries can completely change a person’s life.
If a brain injury is the result of the negligent actions of another party, the person suffering the injury may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can provide further advice and guidance about potential claims.
Source: The Washington Post, “Philadelphia brain injuries,” Mike Jones and Mark Maske, Sept. 5, 2012
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