April 17th, 2012 by faye
Former football player Alex Karras has filed a lawsuit against the National Football League, blaming them for not properly protecting him from head injuries during his playing days.
According to reports, Alex Karras, who played with the Detroit Lions before, is currently suffering from dementia. Along with his wife, Susan Clark, Karras and hundreds of ex-National Football League players joined forces in filing a lawsuit against NFL. The “Webster” star seeks medical monitoring, cognitive health benefits, as well as financial compensation for the damage he endured as a result of brain injuries.
“Alex suffers from dementia but still enjoys many things, including watching football. But dementia prevents him from doing everyday activities such as driving, cooking, sports fishing, reading books and going to big events or traveling,” Susan Clark, Alex Karras’ wife said in a statement.
In another telephone interview with The Associated Press, Clark said, “All through the time that I’ve been with him, he has suffered headaches and dizziness and high blood pressure and all kinds of things that are … usually the result of multiple concussions.”
“This physical beating that he took as a football player has impacted his life, and therefore, it has impacted his family life,” Clark added. “He [Alex Karras] is interested in making the game of football safer and hoping that other families of retired players will have a healthier and happier retirement.”
Regarding day-to-day life, Clark continued, ” It would be very difficult for him without help. He doesn’t drive a car anymore. He used to love to drive. He was an amazing cook, Italian and Greek food. He doesn’t cook anything at all anymore — he can’t remember what his recipes were.”
Alex Karras and 69 other ex-players named in a lawsuit are among more than 1,000 former National Football League players suing the group. The suits say that not enough was done to inform players about the dangers of concussions in the past, and not enough is done to take care of them today.
The complaint filed Thursday states: “During his National Football League career, Mr. Alex Karras sustained repetitive traumatic impacts to his head and/or concussions on multiple occasions. Currently, Mr. Karras suffers from various neurological conditions and symptoms related to the multiple head traumas.”
Craig Mitnick, one of the lawyers representing Alex Karras and more than 500 other former players said: “The National Football League not only misled players, and not only was negligent but, we believe, deliberately withheld information that could have protected these former players, and … could have changed the way their lives were lived.”