Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Court allows former NFL player lawsuit against helmet manufacturer to proceed

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois held in Nakamura v. BRG Sports, LLC that a former NFL player’s personal injury suit against his helmet manufacturer stemming from a severe concussion the player suffered was allowed to proceed. 

The decision was based only on an issue of whether the case was barred by the statute of limitations, so it will be very interesting to see how far the case goes since it is rare for sports participants to succeed in claims for injuries suffered while participating in the sport.  And given what we now know about concussions in sports like football and hockey a successful claim against a helmet manufacturer for an injury related to a concussion in a football game could open the doors to a floodgate of litigation.

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