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Sports Concussion Litigation: Bringing or Defending Claims Against Professional, Collegiate or Youth Leagues

Viable Causes of Action, Damages Assessment, and Settlement Structures

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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This CLE course will discuss the latest developments in sports concussion litigation and settlements. The panel will address the legal and medical issues attorneys must navigate when bringing or defending concussion lawsuits against professional, collegiate, high school or youth teams.


Numerous lawsuits have been filed in the past few years against the National Football League (NFL), National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), National Hockey League (NHL), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer), high school teams, and youth sports organizations alleging negligence in handling head trauma injuries of their players.

This wave of concussion lawsuits comes on the heels of a $1 billion NFL settlement to compensate about 20,000 retired players diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other neurocognitive conditions. Counsel in the suit sought over $100 million in fees. Dozens of states have strengthened laws establishing safety protocols for youth sports leagues in response.

The lawsuits allege that coaches and trainers are not trained to spot symptoms of concussions, allow players to continue to play despite head injuries, and fail to warn players of risks involved with head injuries, possibly resulting in chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The science around sports-related concussions remains under dispute. With the medical community unable to give clear answers, how can counsel respond to Daubert challenges in cases that allege more than failure-to-warn and failure-to-diagnose causes of action?

Listen as our panel of attorneys addresses the legal and medical issues that arise in sports concussion litigation, the strategies litigators are using when bringing or defending claims, damages methodology, and various settlement structures.



  1. Latest developments in sports concussion litigation
  2. Plaintiff theories
  3. Defense tactics
  4. Relief
    1. Monetary damages
    2. Injunctive relief for medical monitoring
  5. Settlement structures


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What causes of action have been successfully asserted in sports concussion lawsuits?
  • What are the key hurdles for counsel bringing or defending against litigation for sports concussion injuries?
  • What are viable defenses to sports concussion claims?
  • How are sports concussion damages calculated?
  • How can settlements be structured to account for the unknown future impact of head injuries?


Epstein, Timothy
Timothy Liam Epstein, JD

Duggan Bertsch

Mr. Epstein serves as Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group, and brings to the firm a reputation as one of the top...  |  Read More

Krause, Phillip
Phillip M. Krause, CSSC, CLMP

Managing Director of Strategic Planning
Ringler Assoc.

Mr. Krause serves as the Managing Director of Strategic Planning for Ringler Associates, the largest and oldest...  |  Read More

Luckasevic, Jason
Jason E. Luckasevic

Goldberg Persky & White

Mr. Luckasevic manages the firm's personal injury department and litigates automobile accidents, slip and fall,...  |  Read More

Stuckey, Shawn
Shawn D. Stuckey

Founding Partner
All Sports Law

Mr. Stuckey is a retired NFL football player, an experienced complex litigation and workers’ compensation...  |  Read More

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