Mark Rypien Lawsuit

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Mark Rypien Lawsuit, Former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien has sued the NFL over “repeated traumatic injuries to his head” sustained during his 11-season career.

Mr. Rypien is the lead plaintiff in a mass-tort lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Taking part in the lawsuit are 126 former players, including 14 other ex-Redskins, as well as Tony Mandarich and Todd Marinovich.

The lawsuit alleges that the NFL was aware of the risks of repetitive traumatic brain injury but hid the information and misled players, resulting in permanent brain damage or neurological disorders.

“It’s scary the extent to which these guys have been hurt,” said Gene Locks, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney. “When we played football, broken bones, busted noses, tears of tissue were kind of expected. Nobody said you’d get a head injury. These injuries are insidious, they are latent, degenerative, and it gets worse and worse as you get older in certain players.”

According to the lawsuit, Mr. Rypien “suffers from various neurological conditions and symptoms related to the multiple head traumas.”

The same language is used for each of the 125 other plaintiffs. The other ex-Redskins included in the lawsuit are: Michael Batiste, Keith Biggers, Jason Doering, Brad Fichtel, Scott Galbraith, Terry Hoage, Ethan Horton, Ernie Janet, Bruce Kimball, Ron Middleton, John Pergine, Ed Simmons, Walter Stanley and James Steffen.

Some have speculated NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s harsh penalties against the New Orleans Saints for their bounty program was, in part, a reaction to the flurry of concussion lawsuits. Concussions have also dogged the National Hockey League, which has experienced a sharp increase in reported head injuries the past two seasons.

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