Apr 8, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) after an upper-body injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NHL concussion lawsuit making teams worried

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The NHL concussion lawsuit has been ongoing since filed against the league last November by former NHL players.

The class-action lawsuit was originally filed by former NFL players, and has evolved to include the hockey league. It began with 75 plaintiffs and has now grown to over 4,500, with the exact number unknown. Also unknown is the exact number of NHL players to be included.

The suit alleges that the NHL did not take proper steps to warn players of the possible risk of injury, included brain damage.

It was also announced via the Toronto Globe and Mail, that TIG insurance has also opened a lawsuit. TIG alleges that the NHL may not have properly complied with liability policies it underwrote for the league from 1989-2001.

The lawsuit has started making many teams throughout the league worried to speak up when a player suffers a concussion. The NHL is known to be the most forthcoming in terms of disclosing such injuries, but with lawsuits looming, this is bound to change.

Some are starting to worry that teams are labeling concussions as an “upper body injury” rather than being 100% honest. The reasoning behind being secretive is unknown, however it is more than likely related to the lawsuit in one way or another. It could be that they don’t want players to join the lawsuit. It could also be that having more men included in the current statistics would look bad in court.

Either way, the lawsuit will likely end in some sort of settlement, similar to what the NFL did when it offered $765 million to end the suit.

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