Lincoln, NE-Two former WWE fighters have filed a lawsuit against entertainment group, alleging they suffered traumatic brain injuries because their employers urged them to do more and more outrageous stunts with acknowledging their injuries
NPR reports that 50-year-old Vito LoGrasso– wrestling name Big Vito– and 22-year-old Evan Singleton– wrestling name Adam Mercer– filed their lawsuit on January 16th, accusing World Wrestling Entertainment of putting their profits above the health of their performers.
The lawsuit alleges that the WWE “deliberately creates and heightens the violence of its matches in order to ‘heat’ up audiences and increase its profits,” according to CNN. 
In the suit, LoGrasso says that he has neurological damage which causes him to suffer severe headaches, memory loss and deafness. Because of repeated head trauma, LoGrasso also says he now suffers from depression and anxiety.
According to CNN, Singleton suffered more serve injuries as a result of repeated head trauma, including convulsions, tremors, migraines, and anxiety.
Both LoGrasso and Singleton are seeking monetary damages to be determined in court and money for their medical care.
As for the WWE, they said the lawsuit is without “merit,” adding that they “never concealed” any of their performers’ medical information.
Brain injuries in sports is being discussed more and more, as it should be, but brain injuries have many causes. This is the just the latest lawsuit to involve a high-profile entertainment company in which the defendants allege they were hurt for the sake of entertainment. The WWE is the target of a lawsuit in this case, but the NFL has been dogged by a similar controversy.
Last year, a group of former professional football players sued the NFL, alleging the league, like the WWE, downplayed the severity of the brain injuries their players suffered, and endangered their health by encouraging them to play with a concussion or brain injury.
But most brain injuries don’t occur on the field or in the ring. Most brain injuries occur on the road, the result of auto accidents. In fact, traffic accidents account for half of the nearly 1.7 million brain injuries that occur each year, according to the CDC.
A traumatic brain injury change a person’s life forever. Brain injuries can be mild, causing the sufferer mild pain and discomfort but no permanent damage. Sadly, a large majority of brain injuries can be severely debilitating, forcing the suffering to endure months of arduous rehabilitation and leaving them with permanent disabilities.
In addition to the cognitive and physical challenges victims of brain injuries face, they also have major financial hurdles to overcome.
When a brain injury results from an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, the victim has legal rights. The costs of their medical care, lost wages and disability does not have to come out of their own pockets; instead they can pursue a careless driver for compensation that will cover all the costs they have incurred as a result of their accident.
Accident victims who have suffered a traumatic brain injury can retain a Lincoln accident attorney to help them build a solid personal injury case, and avoid some of the common mistakes accident victims make. Since your Lincoln accident attorney understands they true cost of your brain injury, they won’t rest until you get the compensation you need.
 

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