The family of late Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL, alleging that the league did not do enough to prevent and treat the concussions he sustained during his playing career.
Duerson sustained multiple concussions and won two Super Bowls in his 11-year career with the Bears and New York Giants, but his later life was marked by health challenges, and he committed suicide in February 2011 at the age of 50. Duerson's son, Tregg, alleges that the NFL's inaction led to his father's tragic death:
"If they knowingly failed to inform and implement proper safety concussion procedures, then their indifference was the epitome of injustice," Tregg Duerson said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit. "The inactions of the past inevitably led to the demise and death of my father.
In addition to the NFL, the Duerson family's suit names helmet manufacturer Riddell as a co-defendant.
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