As worries over sports-related concussions and brain injuries continue to increase, the National Football League and General Electric Company announced a $60 million research effort, in conjunction with leading neurologists, to improve research into brain injuries and to develop new technology to help protect athletes, the military, and the general public from traumatic brain injury (TBI).
This initiative includes:
- $40 million into research on imaging technologies to improve TBI diagnosis
- $20 million for researchers and businesses who are trying to improve identification, prevention, and management of brain injuries
Among the many lawsuits filed against the NFL relating to brain injury, there is a current class action suit on behalf of 4,000 former football players and their spouses, accusing the NFL of covering up life-altering brain injuries.
American parents are especially worried about brain injuries being suffered by school-age children who play sports and engage in other recreational activities. According to a 2010 study by the CDC, United States emergency rooms treat around 173,000 sports-related brain injuries (including concussions) on an annual basis in people under the age of 19.
The NFL recently adopted stricter rules about when players can return to the field after sustaining a concussion, and high school football regulations have also been altered to encourage more accountability and awareness about head injuries.
If your child or loved one has suffered a brain injury because of another person’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact The Cochran Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced brain injury attorney.