WWE Wrestles with Brain Damage Lawsuit

Brain-InjuryBrain injuries in sports is being discussed more and more – as medical knowledge continues to improve and athletes are coming forward, it’s bringing to light the lifelong damage that can be caused by participating in these intense contact sports. Now, World Wrestling is joining the NFL, NHL, professional soccer and the NCAA as a defendant in class action suits accusing them of concealing and denying medical research that shows the debilitating effects of multiple concussions and the traumatic brain injuries from it.

“Selling Violence”

Two former WWE fighters have filed a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment group, alleging they suffered traumatic brain damage because their employers urged them to do more and more outrageous stunts without acknowledging their injuries- ignoring concussions. The WWE argues that they had implemented a concussion management program as a precautionary measure.

According to CNN, the lawsuit alleges that the WWE “deliberately creates and heightens the violence of its matches in order to ‘heat’ up audiences and increase its profits.” 50-year-old Vito LoGrasso (Big Vito, also known as “Skull VonKrush”) and 22-year-old Evan Singleton (Adam Mercer) filed their lawsuit on January 16, 2015 and both LoGrasso and Singleton are seeking monetary damages to be determined in court and money for their medical care. Some of the alleged symptoms include loss of memory, migraine headaches and depression. In the lawsuit, these two former WWE professional wrestlers say they have serious brain injuries after suffering repeated concussions in the ring. They have filed a potential class-action lawsuit against the WWE in Pennsylvania federal court, according to a story on Fortune.com by Reuters.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can change a person’s life forever and are unfortunately more common than people realize. Most brain injuries don’t occur in the ring though, but they can occur on the roads as a result of automobile accidents, in stores as a result of slip and falls and in hospitals due to medical malpractice. According to the CDC, each year in the United States an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) – a blow or jolt to the head, which can disrupt the function of the brain. The severity of a TBI can range from a mild concussion to the extremes of coma or even death. At least 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from TBI. The leading causes of these types of injuries are:

• Vehicle accidents and crashes
• Medical malpractice and birth injuries
• Slips and/or falls

Get the Compensation You Deserve

The costs of medical care, lost wages and disability can be a shocking financial hurdle to overcome. But victims can retain an experienced New Jersey attorney to help them build a solid personal injury case to get the compensation that they deserve. Our firm understands the importance of immediacy and we will work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to ensure all your needs are handled quickly and professionally. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, call us at 888-389-9533 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.