While countless individuals love to watch and even play football, the sport undoubtedly poses a health risk to the players. From youth leagues to the professionals, in Florida as well as elsewhere in the country, the risk of an accident causing brain damage to a player is relatively high in comparison to other sports. The estate of Hall of Fame award winner Junior Seau is continuing with their lawsuit against the NFL for the brain damage he suffered and the eventual loss of his life.
Seau was a linebacker who played professionally in the NFL for 20 years. He was diagnosed postmortem with a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE. It is a degenerative disease of the brain, and dozens of deceased football players have also been diagnosed with it. His family believes that his condition led him to commit suicide in 2012.
In Jan. 2013, the family filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL. The estate claims that the NFL purposefully concealed the dangers of head trauma sustained while playing football. The NFL attempted to settle the suit outside of court, but the estate rejected the proposal and will continue the suit in court.
Even if the defendant offers to settle a lawsuit outside of court in Florida or anywhere else in the country, the plaintiff always has the option of rejecting the deal. In this case, it seems as if Seau's family is continuing with the brain damage suit in court in an effort for the information revealed to be made public. Additionally, they could be monetarily reimbursed for certain damages as well if the suit is successful.
Source: ABC News, "Seaus wrongful death suit to proceed", Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, Sept. 3, 2014