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Andre Waters’ Estate Files a Wrongful Death Complaint

2012 June 5
by Paul D. Anderson Consulting, LLC

Several concussion-related lawsuits were filed in the past week. The most notable former player to join is the late Andre Waters. Waters was among the first group of deceased players to be diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

Waters committed suicide in 2006 at the age of 44. Dr. Bennet Omalu told ESPN that Waters’ brain was similar to an 80-year-old Alzheimer’s patient.

This is at least the ninth wrongful death complaint filed against the NFL.

Waters’ suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and it names 57 other plaintiffs. Among those are Pro Bowlers Jim Marshall and Wesley Walls.

The other lawsuit was also filed in Los Angeles and names Joe Kapp as the lead plaintiff. Kapp was already a named plaintiff in Boyd et al v. NFL.

Among the 41 plaintiffs is Michael Pittman, who has been outspoken about his concussion-related symptoms.

Here’s a conversation I had with Pittman a few weeks ago. I asked him if he planned on joining the lawsuits:

 

 

 

 

 

Shortly thereafter, Pittman had made the decision to join the lawsuits.

Nine-time Pro Bowler Walt Sweeney also added his name to the growing list of plaintiffs.

There are now 86 concussion-related lawsuits, which include more than 2,250 former players.

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