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According to the attorney for Ray Easterling, the lead plaintiff in the first concussion-related lawsuits filed against the NFL by former players and their families, his lawsuit will now be considered a wrongful death lawsuit, not a personal injury lawsuit.

Easterling, a former Atlanta Falcons safety, was found dead in his home last week at the age of 62, of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to USA Today, Easterling played for the Atlanta Falcons from 1972 to 1979.

More than 1,200 players have filed sixty-one lawsuits against the NFL over concussion-related injuries. Easterling’s lawsuit alleged he and the other plaintiffs suffered long-term damage from head injuries because of the NFL’s “carelessness, negligence, intentional misconduct, and concealment of information.”

The latest lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia federal court last week by 28 former players. Nearly all federally filed cases have been consolidated under U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody, who has scheduled an attorney conference for Wednesday.

According to Easterling’s attorney, the former safety had been having some issues over the last six months. “He kept repeating himself and getting confused. It’s pretty touch, pretty tough.”

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According to the attorney for Ray Easterling, the lead plaintiff in the first concussion-related lawsuits filed against the NFL by former players and their families, his lawsuit will now be considered a wrongful death lawsuit, not a personal injury lawsuit.

Easterling, a former Atlanta Falcons safety, was found dead in his home last week at the age of 62, of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to USA Today, Easterling played for the Atlanta Falcons from 1972 to 1979.

More than 1,200 players have filed sixty-one lawsuits against the NFL over concussion-related injuries. Easterling’s lawsuit alleged he and the other plaintiffs suffered long-term damage from head injuries because of the NFL’s “carelessness, negligence, intentional misconduct, and concealment of information.”

The latest lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia federal court last week by 28 former players. Nearly all federally filed cases have been consolidated under U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody, who has scheduled an attorney conference for Wednesday.

According to Easterling’s attorney, the former safety had been having some issues over the last six months. “He kept repeating himself and getting confused. It’s pretty touch, pretty tough.”

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Easterling’s Death Changes NFL Concussion Lawsuit was posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 8:34 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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