NHL Concussion Class Litigation Information and Client Intake
November 25, 2013
The law firms of Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White of Baltimore and Namanny, Byrne & Owens of Laguna Hills, Calif., today jointly filed a class action lawsuit against the National Hockey League (“NHL”) on behalf of its former players. The plaintiffs contend that the NHL has been fraudulent and negligent in its failure to respond effectively to decades of head injuries to its players.
The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, specifically alleges that the NHL consistently ignores or is reluctant to recognize current medical knowledge of concussions, and lags behind in instituting protections for players that have been implemented by other hockey leagues around the world. In fact, NHL rule changes in 2004 to make the game faster, more exciting, and more marketable have led to increasingly violent collisions between players and resulted in an unprecedented number of severe head injuries. The NHL still refuses to penalize bareknuckle fighting or body-checking in spite of overwhelming evidence that both practices result in debilitating head injuries. Instead, the NHL prefers to continue employing and glorifying “enforcers” – players whose primary role is to fight and violently body-check opposing players.
The complaint alleges the NHL has profited for decades from encouraging and marketing a culture of violence at the cost of the long-term health of its players. This lawsuit seeks treatment and compensation for those intentional decisions.
Former NHL Players: Please complete this confidential questionnaire for a free evaluation to determine if you are eligible to join this action: