Ipek Tugcu examines issues of head injury and compensation in sports law

It’s been seven years since the NFL paid $765m compensation to thousands of former players in settlement of their claims for brain damage sustained as part of the sport. Liability was never admitted. However, the sport swiftly upgraded its concussion protocols, presumably in an effort to avoid further pay-outs.

In comparison, UK sports have been unscathed from similar litigation – until now. Last year, hundreds of former professional footballers and rugby players launched legal action against their former governing bodies. They allege these organisations breached their duty of care by failing to take reasonable steps to mitigate the known risk of brain damage, and, as such, are liable for their neurodegenerative diagnos...

Ipek Tugcu
Senior Associate
Bolt Burdon Kemp

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