Football Injuries

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s high court ruled that former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Alpati Noga did not prove that he is entitled to permanent and total disability benefits for his dementia, which he attributes to head injuries sustained while playing for the team. 

The court ruled that the team did not – or could not – know that Noga was at an “increased risk for developing dementia,” when team staff provided Advil and Tylenol for headaches and wooziness he experienced after games. The court notes that medical awareness of the connection between head injuries and long-term neurological effects did not exist at the time Noga played for the team between 1998 and 1992. 

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