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Former Canucks shine a light on the dangers of concussions

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Rick Vaive and Garry Leeman are both former Canucks.

Both Vaive and Leeman played in the NHL for a number of years.

They both scored many goals and took many  hits.

And both Vaive and Leeman are part of a class-action-lawsuit recently filed in U.S. Federal court.

According to an article in the November 26, 2013, edition of the  Vancouver Sun, the lawsuit claims:

> " the NHL knew or should have know about scientific evidence that players who sustain repeated head injuries are at greater risk for illnesses and disabilities both during their hockey careers and later in life";

> " Even after the NHL created a concussion program to study brain injuries affecting NHL players in 1997, the league took no action to reduce the number and severity of concussions during a study period from 1997 to 2004";

> " Plaintiffs [ the players] relied on their [ the NHL's] silence to their detriment";

> " The league didn't do anything to protect players from unnecessary harm until 2010, when it made it a penalty to target a player's head".

Hopefully, this "high profile" lawsuit will shine a light on the terrible tole that concussion can take on a person's life.

Hopefully, after listening to former NHLers like Leeman and Vaive describe how headaches, memory loss, dizziness and other concussive  symptoms have affected their lives more people will come to understand how significantly a concussion can impact someone's life.

Are you suffering from a concussion as a result of a car accident?

Would you be interested in learning more about "concussion claims"?

Call me at 604-255-9018 or send me an e-mail at [email protected]

Jeff Witten

ps read this story http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Former+Canucks+among+retired+players+suing+over+concussions/9211460/story.html


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