Yesterday, John Carlson of the Seattle Seahawks was carted off of the field of play in his team’s NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Chicago Bears. Carlson suffered an injury after he landed on his head near the sideline. As discussed last month, there are enormous dangers and damaging health effects of from head injuries. The NFL may have set itself up for a fall in a future lawsuit concerning its failure to warn its athletes about the ramifications of concussions. Might football players also have a cause of action against the helmet providers?
Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, is currently looking into “marketing claims that some football helmets can help reduce concussions, responding to a senator who wants the FTC to investigate what he called ‘misleading safety claims and deceptive practices’ in the sale of new helmets and reconditioning of used ones.” While the NFL may be accused of a failure to warn, helmet companies not only should fear FTC action, but also by private entities. The claims could be more than just misrepresentation based on an express warranty. Read more “Holding Football Helmet Companies Accountable For Head Injuries”