Former NFL players file lawsuit over painkiller use

05/20/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – A lawsuit has been brought against the NFL by a group of former players who claim they were given powerful painkillers and other drugs for injuries that led to complications for them later on. As reported the Associated Press (AP), the lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages on behalf of over 500 former athletes who say their health was put at risk to speed their return to the field after they became injured.

As noted in the report, the suit has been filed less than a year after the NFL reached an agreement to settle the claims of thousands of former players who say they suffered dementia and other health problems as a result of taking severe hits while in the league. The NFL was accused of covering up related risks of concussions. The $765 million settlement has not yet been approved by a federal judge, who cited concerns over the amount.

Steven Silverman, an attorney for the players in the recent case is quoted as stating, “The NFL knew of the debilitating effects of these drugs on all of its players and callously ignored the players’ long-term health in its obsession to return them to play.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is quoted by the AP as stating of the lawsuit while in Atlanta for spring meetings, “Our attorneys have not seen the lawsuit and obviously I have been in meetings all day.”

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