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Brain Injury Propels Shaun Gayle’s Lawsuit against NFL and Helmet Manufacturer

Former Bear standout player Shaun Gayle has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against the National Football League and Riddell Inc., a football helmet manufacturing company, alleging the multiple head injuries Gayle received during his 12-year career has lead to a debilitating chronic health condition.

This lawsuit states the football league was aware that repeated head injuries would lead to a player developing the neurodegenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and ignored the evidence about the long-term effects of these injuries. In the past month over 80 lawsuits, representing over 2000 players, have been filed in regards to this issue.

Gayle states in his lawsuit that since retiring from the NFL he has suffered headaches, occasional short-term memory loss and other cognitive deficits associated with CTE. The lawsuit also alleges that the NFL has continuously denied any linkage between repetitive brain trauma sustained by NFL players and long-term brain damage. The lawsuit seeks more than $300,000 in damages.

Work related injuries can have life long consequences. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been injured on the job and needs help with workman’s compensation, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to explore their legal rights.