Senator Probes Football Helmet Manufacturers

As reported by the New York Times, Senator Tom Udall recently sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking them to investigate Football helmet manufacturers for their marketing tactics in promoting their helmets. Specifically Udall said some manufacturers are using "misleading safety claims and deceptive practices".

One manufaturer, Ridell, who make the helmets for the NFL claims that a certain model of their helmets reduce the risk of concussion by 31%. This claim is supported by very little scientific evidence and has been disputed by experts for years.

New York Sport Injury Attorney

A defective helmet can cause permanent injuries to unsuspecting users, and without proper testing these products can give athletes a false sense of security when playing collision sports such as football. If you or a loved one has suffered from a severe injury or a concussion related illness after trauma while playing a sport contact an attorney at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP for a free consultation with an experienced product liability attorney.

Concussion awareness and prevention has been in the news frequently as more evidence grows about it's long term effects on health. The National Football League has changed some of their rules to increase player safety in light of new research, commissioned by the NFL, that shows an increased instance of Alzheimer's Disease and similar memory related illnesses in former NFL players at a much greater rate than the rest of the population. Among 30-49 year olds the rate is 19 times greater than those outside of the NFL.

Contact a New York attorney to speak to someone about your rights.