Readers in Rock Hill have no doubt heard of the series of lawsuits, including wrongful death suits, filed by former pro football players and their survivors against the National Football League. There has been a great deal of concern in recent years about the long-term effects of brain injuries, which have been linked to depression, dementia and other chronic problems.
While most stories about traumatic brain injury and long-term damage discuss either wounded veterans or football, hockey players may also be vulnerable to the symptoms. Among them was former NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died of a drug overdose in May 2011, his family says. They have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NHL, saying that the league failed to disclose what it knew about the risk of blows to the head and triggered his addiction to prescription drugs by handing him "pain pills like candy" during his career.