Pro-Wrestlers Join List of Athletes Suing over TBIs
In the past few years, there have been several class action lawsuits initiated by former professional athletes alleging that the leagues for which they played concealed or misrepresented the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries,1 or TBIs. The lawsuits have been filed by former hockey and football players against the NHL and NFL, and a report 2 published by the Chicago Tribune indicates that former professional wrestlers have joined their ranks, filing suit against the WWE.
The lawsuit alleges that the WWE failed to care for their employees and even fraudulently misrepresented and concealed the extent and nature of the injuries sustained by athletes. Furthermore, the suit alleges that because the wrestling moves were scripted and part of a performance (as opposed to a competition), the WWE is directly responsible for the wrestlers’ injuries.
What Causes TBIs?
Traumatic brain injuries occur when a blow, bump, or jolt to the head causes an issue with normal brain function. Of course, professional athletes are at a greater risk of sustaining TBIs than most of us, as they regularly engage in contact sports that can easily result in head trauma. There are plenty of ways that “regular” people can sustain TBIs, and everyday situations can suddenly become tragic in the event of an accident. Some of the more common accidents that have the potential to leave victims with a TBI include the following:
- Car accidents
- Slip and falls
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Do I Need a Lawyer to Recover Compensation after a TBI?
If you have sustained a TBI in an accident, you may be curious as to whether you need to contact an attorney. While it certainly possible for victims to recover compensation on their own, establishing negligence in a TBI case can be difficult and insurance companies may try and take advantage of the fact that you do not know how much your case would be worth at trial. As if these reasons were not sufficient to justify retaining an attorney, keep in mind that TBI victims are often required to rest for a significant period of time and often are told not to engage in cognitively strenuous tasks. For these reasons and more, it is always advisable for TBI victims to speak with an Atlanta brain injury lawyer as soon as they possibly can.