NFL Litigation Raises Questions Concerning NFL's Role in Addressing Injuries

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

As of June 30, 2012, more than 3,700 retired NFL players, including ex-Panther Stephen Davis, have initiated a total of 94 lawsuits against the NFL. In the various Complaints, the players allege that the NFL has committed several acts of negligence by failing to address key medical concerns and concealing relevant medical information. The major issue in a majority of these lawsuits is whether the NFL concealed information linking concussions and other head-related injuries to permanent head trauma and dementia. In fact, over 2,400 of the 3,700 retired NFL players are involved in concussion-related lawsuits.

The NFL class action lawsuit has sparked many comparisons to the class action lawsuit initiated against tobacco companies 15 years ago. The case had plaintiffs from 46 states and yielded a $206 Billion Dollar settlement. At the heart of the case was a similar issue: whether the tobacco companies willingly concealed information linking tobacco use to health problems. The similarities have many wondering whether the NFL litigation will yield a similar result.

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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