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Former wrestlers take legal action regarding brain injuries

The dangers of head injuries are widely known now. In fact, many former athletes are taking legal action against the leagues and organizations that they were associated with because of the lingering and life-altering effects that brain injuries suffered during their time as an active participant in their chosen sports caused. In fact, lawsuits against the National Football League and National Hockey League have recently come to light. You can add another professional sports league to that list -- World Wresting Entertainment.

A group of 51 plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against WWE and Vince McMahon, the head of the organization, because of the head injuries that they suffered that can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The lawsuit alleges that WWE hid the long-term effects that can result from head injuries to the wrestlers.

Wrestlers for the organization say they were often subjected to blows on the head as part of the shows. It is alleged that WWE was placing corporate gain over the health, financial security and safety of the wrestlers.

As part of the lawsuit, the former wrestlers allege that the classification of them as independent contractors was a purposeful move by McMahon so that the wrestlers wouldn't have any medical insurance offered by WWE. Instead of normal health insurance, the wrestlers had to use in-house medical staff for medical care, including the diagnosis and treatment of injuries.

The horrors of lifelong difficulties caused by brain injuries are something that nobody should have to deal with. If you are suffering from symptoms that likely result from repetitive head injuries, you might opt to seek compensation for those injuries in the same manner as these former wrestlers have.

Source: Fox News Sports, "Dozens of retired wrestlers sue WWE over brain injuries," Lindsey Foltin, July 19, 2016

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