NFL players have sued the league in federal court in San Diego over a concussion lawsuit, alleging that the league’s medical teams failed to adequately protect them from head injuries.
The suit, filed Monday, also accuses the league of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
It says the league has a “fundamental policy of failing to provide medical care to injured players.”
The lawsuit seeks damages for injuries suffered by former players, including the $250,000 that former NFLPA president Rand Getlin has already paid out to former players.
It accuses the NFL of creating a “hostile work environment” in which players are not able to speak with a lawyer, which creates a “severe barrier” for them to get timely medical care.
In addition to the NFL, the suit names the NFL Players Association, NFL Players and the NFLPA as defendants.
The lawsuit is seeking class action status, meaning that if the players win, they can collectively be awarded damages of up to $1 million per individual, and attorneys’ fees of up at least $1,000 per attorney.