Attorneys representing the sister of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez
have refiled a lawsuit against the NFL and helmet manufacturer Riddell.
Hernandez’s lawyers first filed a federal lawsuit in September after
the late football star killed himself in prison and an autopsy revealed
he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease found in people
who suffer repetitive brain traumas, such as concussions.
The 86-page civil complaint claims that Hernandez received several blows
to the head while wearing Riddell helmets, and as a result, suffered from
Stage 3 CTE (out of 4), a level that doctors might expect to see in a
60-year-old. CTE at that level can lead to violent behavior, depression,
seizures, and death.
The new suit also alleges the NFL and Riddell colluded to conceal the dangers
of football, by systematically suppressing data showing that repeated
concussions caused permanent brain damage. If Hernandez had known of the
implications, he might have chosen a different career, according to the
“Aaron experienced a chaotic and horrendous existence in many respects,
due to his undiagnosed brain injury.”
Although the NFL has not responded to the latest lawsuit, a spokesperson
from Riddell said that they plan to vigorously defend themselves and also
added that they introduced helmets designed to mitigate concussion risks
more than 15 years ago.
If you have suffered an injury due to a Riddell helmet or another
defective product, contact the
Philadelphia consumer class action attorneys at Golomb & Honik, P.C. Our lawyers can look at flaws in the design
or engineering of the product, faulty production or product assembly,
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