The Pro Football Concussion Report

A Fan's Look at Head Injuries and the Concussion Crisis in Football

Every hit was like a car crash, says Garo

03.14.13

“Every hit was like a car crash. Maybe you only get hit eight or 10 times a year, but if you experience eight auto crashes a year you’re going to feel it.”  Garo Yepremian said he suffers from mood swings that he says may or may not be related to football injuries. Sometimes, he said, he’ll be sitting with his wife of more than 40 years and “the slightest thing gets me so aggravated. I’ll throw a tantrum for 45 minutes, screaming and shouting.”

The list of plaintiffs in the NFL concussion lawsuits includes about 50 former punters and kickers. The relative few number of hits that they took throughout their football career illustrate one of the questions related to the litigation. If the cases are consolidated into 1 case, would any compensation differentiate between types of players, length of service, individual injuries, etc.?

A recent Wall Street Journal article looks at a few of the “more complicated tort claims” related to the football concussion lawsuits.

Is someone’s mental deficit the result of injuries sustained in professional football, injuries from some other level of football, or just the vicissitudes of old age?

Should former players who are asymptomatic be allowed to sue the NFL on grounds of potential future suffering?

Should the more than 200 cases filed against the NFL be consolidated into one?

How much, and under what formula, should the victims be compensated?

First round of court battle begins on April 9th in Philadelphia. If the litigation survives the NFL’s motion to dismiss, it will be interesting to see how some of these issues are litigated.

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