Linebacker shot himself last year.
Junior Seau’s family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL for failing to protect players from serious head injuries.
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The one-time NFL linebacker killed himself in May 2012 aged 43 and the lawsuit filed in Superior Court at San Diego says that the league, by way of acts or omissions, concealed the risk of repeated head injuries during Seau’s 20 total seasons in the league with Miami, New England and San Diego.
“Our attorneys will review it and respond to the claims appropriately through the court,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a posting on the NFL website.
Post-mortem tests showed he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy as a result of concussions and other blows to the head taken during his career.
Seau’s family says the NFL ignored evidence linking such brain injuries to hits suffered on the field despite the protection of a helmet.
The family is also suing NFL helmet manufacturer Riddell for “negligent” design.
Seau spent 13 seasons with the San Diego Chargers, helping them to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1995. He spent three years with Miami and four with New England before retiring after the 2009 season.
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