FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – More than 100 retired football players filed a federal lawsuit Monday in Fort Lauderdale against the NFL, hoping to get the league to recognize chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, as an occupational hazard that should be covered by workers' compensation.
CTE is a degenerative disease that is found in people who have suffered a severe blow or repeated blows to the head.
The disease is most commonly found in professional athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, boxing, rugby and ice hockey.
There are a few ways that doctors can diagnose CTE, including postitron emission tomography (PET) imaging that finds tau protein deposits in certain parts of the brain and a TauSome test, which is a simple blood test that determines whether there is an elevated level of exosomal tau in the blood plasma.
Exosomal tau is nearly inextricably associated with CTE.
"As a former NFL Player, I want to make sure that all of my NFL family of players have access to diagnosis, treatment and compensation for their living CTE," retired NFL player Tony Gaitor said in a statement.
Gaiter, Tracy Scroggins, Sedrick Irvin, Daryl Ashmore, Henri Crockett, Kelvin Harris, Lawrence Jones, Shevin Smith, Santonio Thomas, Warren Williams and 142 other retired NFL players are named in the lawsuit.