Many former professional wrestlers for the WWE claim that they were left with long term traumatic brain injuries, according to a proposed class action suit in Philadelphia.
The plaintiffs in the case claim that the World Wrestling Entertainment organization encouraged them in the 1980s and 90s to take health risks that they knew or should have known could affect their long term health. The wrestlers were offered no health insurance or disability insurance, either.
This lawsuit is similar to the legal action that thousands of ex-NFL players are taking over long term head trauma, after they suffered many concussion-related injuries over the years.
According to one of the lawyers on the suit, WWE for decades had its wrestlers exposed to physical brutality that it should have known would cause irreversible brain damage. He added that the indifference to the health risks was made worse by the fact that these matches are scripted, so the dangerous moves were worked out ahead of time by management.
WWE is going to fight the suit in court. The organization claims that it never concealed any sort of medical data related to concussions or head injuries from its athletes.
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can cause serious health problems over time. Some of the most common side effects include balance issues, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, headaches and inability to complete tasks. We have seen these symptoms in many of our TBI clients, usually injured in car accidents by a careless driver. A TBI lawsuit with an experienced personal injury lawyer can result in large settlements, such as this case we settled for $21 million.