Strom Law Firm Representing 5 Former Pro Football Players Joining Class Action Against NFL for Concealing Head Injury Dangers
Columbia, SC., July 11, 2012 — Pete Strom and Bakari Sellers of The Strom Law Firm, LLC announced today they would represent Stephen Davis (Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins), his wife Dee Dee Davis, Corey Miller (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), Langston Moore (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals), Travis Williams (Atlanta Falcons), and Henry Taylor (Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins) in a case filed on July 5, 2012 concerning the NFL deliberately hiding scientific evidence from players that linked long-term neurological damage to repetitive head impacts. The players are joining the NFL Concussion Lawsuit.
“It’s a lawsuit focused on the health and safety of former players,” said Stephen Davis, former Redskin (1996-2002) and catalyst in leading the Carolina Panthers (2003-2006) to Superbowl XXXVIII. “I cannot remember how many concussions I’ve had. I live every day with the lasting effects of my head injuries. All I want is the opportunity to be a good father, a good husband, and remain in good health.”
In 1994, after the well-publicized retirements of two NFL players suffering from post-concussion syndrome, the NFL formed the Mild Traumatic Brian Injury (MTBI) committee. Until that time, the NFL had ignored decades of studies, dating as far back as the 1920s, that linked concussion to brain disease. In 1991, three years before the NFL first began investigating traumatic brain injury concerns, the NCAA and individual college teams’ medical staffs, along with lower-level football groups, adopted criteria requiring players to wait before they returned to play. This criteria protects football players who may have sustained concussions. The NFL made no such changes.
Former Giant (1991-1997) Corey Miller said, “I’ve been around football my entire life and understand the devastating effects that head injuries have had on myself and on my former teammates. We all want to be healthy, we all want to be able to take care of our wives and kids despite our injuries, and we’re hopeful that that is possible.”
“It’s not just about us, but all the future players too,” concludes Davis. “By holding the NFL accountable for exposing its players to avoidable dangers and ignoring proper treatment for head injuries, the sport will become safer for those playing today and set an example for all youth football athletics programs to follow.”
- NFL Concussion Complaint Link
- NFL Concussion Press Release
- NFL Concussion Lawsuit Link
- NFL Concussion Statistics
- History of Concussions
- Mouth Guards to Measure Brain Injuries
- Priest Holmes on Concussions
About The Strom Law Firm:
Centrally located in Columbia, South Carolina, the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., was founded in 1996 by former U.S. Attorney J. P. Strom, Jr. The lawyers at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. in Columbia have devoted their professional lives to serving the people and families of our state. The firm’s purpose is simple — to help people. We remain true to this purpose, regardless of whether our client has suffered a serious personal injury as the result of another’s negligence, or they have been arrested and charged with a serious criminal offense.