Former NFL Running Back Suing Helmet Maker on Charges Including Intentional Misrepresentation
According to a report by mlive.com, former NFL running back Jahvid Best is suing the NFL and Riddell, a company that manufactures helmets for the sports federation. The lawsuit was filed on January 28.
The claim includes the following damages: long-term chronic injuries, financial losses, expenses and non-economic losses as a result of fraud, intentional misrepresentation, and negligence on the part of the defendants.
Best was considered a promising young player and selected in the first round of his draft. However, his time with the NFL lasted only three years. On October 16, 2011, he suffered a concussion that effectively ended his career. He did not return to the field after failing multiple neurological exams.
Today, Best is reportedly joining the University of California coaching staff. He played for Cal before joining the NFL. His college career parallels his NFL career; both were cut short due to a concussion.
Although Best did not name his former NFL team in the lawsuit, he is supposedly pursuing workers’ compensation against them.
The NFL recently resolved a lawsuit with numerous retired NFL players. Their $765 million settlement includes the cost of compensation and the funding of concussion-related medical research. It is still pending approval.
Riddell is facing pending litigation.
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