Ross Jurewitz, San Diego Personal Injury Attorney, Gives KUSI News Interview on Junior Seau NFL Case

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The National Football League (NFL) has been criticized for its handling of football head injuries, especially since the National Institutes of Health confirmed that the former NFL player Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Junior Seau’s family has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and KUSI News has called on local attorney Ross Jurewitz to weigh in on the case.

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...these lawsuits and the ones that have come before it are the reason why the NFL has made the rule changes it has for the safety of its players.

Ross Jurewitz, founder of the personal injury law firm Jurewitz Law Group, was honored to appear on KUSI News on their Good Morning San Diego show to provide professional perspective on the Junior Seau wrongful death lawsuit, identified as case no. 37-2013-00031265-CU-PO-CTL currently filed against the NFL.

Basis of the Lawsuit
During the KUSI News interview, Ross Jurewitz was asked to explain the claims against the NFL by the Seau family. The lawsuit, case 37-2013-00031265-CU-PO-CTL, which was filed against both the NFL and Riddell California Superior Court of San Diego County, Central Division, alleges that the NFL either ignored the documented dangers of repeated head injuries or intentionally misled their players into believing that their safety was a priority, all the while, not taking appropriate steps to protect them. Riddell Inc, the helmet manufacturer during Junior Seau’s tenure with the NFL, is also named as a defendant in the suit for negligent manufacturing. But this is not the first lawsuit of its kind, though it is the one with the most well-known former player.

Almost 100 Lawsuits against NFL
According to Ross Jurewitz, the Seau wrongful death lawsuit is just one of at least 80 different lawsuits against the NFL regarding head injury and player safety. Based on the interview, these lawsuits, representing hundreds of players, have been consolidated in federal court in Philadelphia and are ongoing. Ross states in the interview that these lawsuits and the ones that have come before it are the reason why the NFL has made the rule changes it has for the safety of its players. For example, the NFL ruled that helmet-to-helmet hits are illegal.

Next Steps
With the massive amount of current NFL brain injury lawsuits, it is uncertain how it will proceed with the Junior Seau case. However, Ross Jurewitz predicts that the NFL will file a motion to remove the case and consolidate it with the rest of the federal lawsuits in Philadelphia. At that point, there will likely be extensive evidence gathered regarding what the NFL knew and what they informed their players. There likely will not be a resolution for at least two years, according to Ross.

Helping Victims Find Closure
In the interview, it was mentioned how the Seau family, as well as the many other families currently taking legal action against the NFL, do not want to shut down the NFL, but instead hope to obtain rightful compensation for their loved ones while pushing the NFL to make the necessary changes to protect its players.

Injured victims and the families of wrongful death victims deserve to obtain justice and closure against those whose negligent actions caused their condition. This is what Ross Jurewitz fights for every day and he hopes the NFL families are able to get it.

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