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The WWE Ignored Risks to Wrestlers
Our lawyers believe that the WWF/WWE has for many years ignored, and may have actively withheld medical proof that players were subjecting themselves to long term health problems caused by both concussions and ordinary repetitive head contact. Despite evidence of significant risks, the WWE failed to provide adequate information to players and refused to alter their operations for the safety of the wrestlers. In fact, the WWE may have encouraged and promoted the most dangerous contact during play despite massive medical evidence that multiple concussions and other traumatic brain injuries frequently led to long term effects such as mental illness, cognitive and motor impairments, dementia and other significant problems.
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Our Law Firm wants to speak to former/retired WWF/WWE Wrestlers interested in joining the lawsuits being brought against the WWE for ignoring the health and safety of its athletes. We may be able to help you and your family recover medical expenses, obtain long term care and prevent this from happening to future athletes. For a free no obligation consultation, complete the form on this page or call 1-800-934-2921.
Fighting for the rights of retired Wrestlers
We believe that by failing to inform players of the long-term health risks they faced, the WWE should be held accountable to help the players who have been injured and forgotten. Our law firm is bringing lawsuits against the WWE on behalf of former wrestlers and their families. You have a limited window of time to act as these lawsuits are happening now. Do not wait until it is too late. We are seeking damages, along with medical monitoring, health care and preventive programs to address the problem. We along with our partners are currently working to represent former WWE wrestlers, and working to protect their rights to ensure that they and their families are adequately compensated and cared for.
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Are you a former WWF/WWE wrestler? Do you agree or disagree with the legal claims being brought by many former wrestlers?
Read below, answer these questions and ask yourself if we are greedy lawyers or if you believe that are we standing up for the rights of the Pro Wrestling community?
Five basic elements of the claims being asserted by dozens of former wrestlers against the WWF/WWE include:
1) History of Medical Neglect/Indifference. For most of its history it is alleged that the WWF/WWE offered no long-term medical care, conducted matches with inadequate ringside monitoring & treatment, and offered poor or nonexistent medical care during the booking contract period. Enhancement talent or jobbers not under contract were offered even less care.
-Do you feel that the Majority of injuries during WWF/WWE matches were undiagnosed, untreated and unreported?
-Were Head Injuries & Concussions being documented, noted & recorded and expertly treated or were they downplayed or completely ignored throughout history of WWF/WWE?
-Did you ever experience a Head Injury during your wrestling career that was not properly documented or cared for by the WWF/WWE?
2) Grueling Work Schedule. The WWF/WWE maintained an abusive workplace: A) first the WWE creative team directed and controlled the wrestling moves, storyline & performances. B) The wrestlers performed for WWF on a rigorous travel and performance schedule with inadequate rest, with many full time performers “required” to wrestle for hundreds of nights per year with no offseason.
In some cases it is alleged wrestlers worked more than 300 nights per year on tight travel schedules across the US and the world.
The WWF imposed no mandated rest or injury return to work rules?
If you were injured were you guaranteed a spot to return to work after your recovery?
This difficult & dangerous schedule was allegedly enforced through WWE assigning its talent to independent contractor status, ad hoc employment policies, no union for wrestlers, thus no collective bargaining agreement coupled with arbitrary hiring & firing decisions-which in turn discouraged wrestlers from reporting injuries for fear of losing their job.
3) The Medical Neglect & Dangerous Work Schedule Leads to Injuries, Drug Addiction and Death. The long working hours/weeks & rigorous travel schedule, inadequate rest, allegedly caused occupational injuries, these injuries often went untreated, undiagnosed or improperly treated which fostered and created a culture of drug abuse, particularly use of opiate painkillers, muscle relaxers & a culture of steroid use for physique and injury recovery.
Did you ever excessively use or abuse or become addicted to painkillers while a professional wrestler for WWF/WWE?
The WWE allegedly assumed a duty to former and current wrestlers after high profile deaths by selectively offering its own drug rehab program and began to send Wellness Letters to many former wrestlers offering rehab. While some wrestlers are helped by these programs, many are not helped, and dozens of wrestlers die of suicide, heart attack and drug overdoses.
Do you know anyone who died of a drug overdose or health complications related to their wrestling career?
4) Long-Term Head Injuries Take Toll. WWF/WWE Wrestlers relying on their trainers, bookers and the WWF/WWE to conduct safe matches are unaware that head injuries pose any long-term risk and they continue to perform after being knocked out or sustaining head blows. Many report being hit in the head resulting in an injury “dozens” of times during their career. Additionally repeated head trauma from standard moves even those conducted properly leads to increased risk of developing brain damage and diagnosed diseases. The sudden acceleration and deceleration of the wrestlers head causes the brain to move inside its fluid filled protective covering striking the back, front or sides of the skull resulting in head injuries.
5) The Lawsuit & Wrestling Community Health Crisis. Although medical science was well aware of the risks of head trauma for generations of other athletes, it was not until 2007 that the WWF/WWE offered any consistent concussion assessment. Indeed before 2007 it is alleged that there were no warnings, no protocols & no head injury education for wrestlers performing in matches. Our belief is that the WWE continues to offer none of these things to retired wrestlers.
Throughout the history of WWE/WWF it is alleged hundreds of wrestlers sustained brain damage leading to basic symptoms including:
Experience any of these symptoms? Do you know any wrestler who has? Some or all of them may be related to head trauma that can be diagnosed by a qualified neurologist.
To the present day it is alleged that the WWE offers no studies, warnings or programs on long-term head injuries. The WWE does NOTHING to help retired wrestlers with more serious brain damage including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and related long term neurological impairments which are all too apparent to an observer at any gathering of older wrestlers.
As of July 2015, the WWE denies that there is a healthcare crisis in the community.
Is there a case for joining the concussion lawsuits to get injured wrestlers compensation & long-term neurological medical care?
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Standing up for Wrestlers.
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and dozens of former pro wrestlers who have filed a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment.
The lawsuit, filed on July 18, alleges that the WWE did not adequately address wrestlers' medical needs after they were injured and that the company placed its own concern for profits over the health of its wrestlers. According to the suit, head injuries were a regular occurrence for wrestlers.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a neurodegenerative disease that is similar to Alzheimer's. It is associated with repeated head injuries, and has been a focus in recent years in connection with former football players. It is often characterized early on by Alzheimer's-like symptoms including loss of memory and poor concentration. Later, as dementia increases, sufferers may become suicidal or aggressive toward others. Unlike Alzheimer's, CTE tends to afflict people much earlier and may begin in a person's forties. Unfortunately, there is no cure for CTE, and it cannot be conclusively diagnosed until an autopsy is done. However, many of the former wrestlers are believed to suffer from CTE as well as from long-term brain damage. Other Hall of Fame wrestlers who are involved in the suit include Joseph Laurinaitis, who used the stage name "Road Warrior Animal," and Paul Orndorff also known as "Mr. Wonderful."
On July 18, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than 50 former pro wrestlers who say World Wrestling Entertainment hid the long-term effects of repeated head injuries from wrestlers. Allegedly, the company required wrestlers to perform actions that led to those injuries such as brainbusters and hitting one another with metal chairs. In 2010, the latter action was banned.
According to the lawsuit, wrestlers were also misclassified as independent contractors. The lawsuit says this led to denial of health benefits among other rights.
Both the National Football League and the National Hockey League have faced similar lawsuits. The NFL settled for $1 billion, but the NHL case is still ongoing. At issue is a progressive degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Symptoms include suicidal thoughts, paranoia, mood swings and confusion. It can only be diagnosed conclusively by examining the brain after a person's death.
In 2007, Chris Benoit, a wrestler who had allegedly suffered multiple concussions, killed his wife, his 7-year-old son and himself. Dr. Bennet Omalu, a doctor who examined his brain, diagnosed him with a severe case of CTE. He was the first professional wrestler to receive such a diagnosis. Later, Omalu diagnosed the same condition in another deceased wrestler, Andrew "Test" Martin, and he is examining the brains of three other wrestlers to see if there is evidence of the disease.
In 2008, the WWE instituted a concussion management program. However, the 17-count lawsuit says that the company was well aware of the dangers for a long time and did nothing. For example, it says that the company discussed the dangers of concussions in a scripted event as early as 1995.