Georgia residents may have heard that there were government investigations underway into the relationship between football and brain injuries. On May 23, New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone alleged that the National Football League had tried to pressure the National Institutes of Health to stop a researcher from working on the project.
According to Pallone, the NFL had rescinded its offer of $30 million to the NIH when the agency refused to remove Robert Stern, an expert on the link between football and brain disease, from the project. The NFL has denied the accusation.
The medical director for the NFL had emailed the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and asked them to slow the process down because of his doubts about the bias of Boston University. ESPN had originally made the report about the NFL taking the offer back, and according to Pallone, the NIH acted properly in response. Donors are not supposed to influence research.
A person who suffers a brain injury, whether from football or another cause, may suffer health problems for years or a lifetime. In some cases, the immediate extent of the brain injury might not be apparent. A person might develop health problems over time. In the event of a head injury, the injured person might want to consult an attorney if another person is responsible for the injury or it happened on another person’s premises. For example, a person might sustain a brain injury in a fall from a dangerous set of steps at a place of business or a person’s home. A person might also suffer a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident. Insurance companies might offer too little money, and a person may file a lawsuit against the responsible party to get adequate compensation.