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This is the first CTE-related suit to be brought against helmet-makers. The suit alleges the helmets were “defective in design, unreasonably dangerous and unsafe.” The suit also says companies didn’t provide “adequate safety and instructional materials.” An Ohio man filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two of the country's largest football helmet manufacturers, alleging their products failed to protect his deceased son and didn’t provide an adequate warning message for athletes’ parents. The lawsuit, filed last week in Montgomery County, Ohio, names Riddell Sports Group and the parent company that owns Schutt Sports as defendants. In the first case to be brought against helmet makers, Darren Hamblin claims his son died from brain damage caused by playing youth and tackle football, according to court documents. After Cody Hamblin's death, doctors studied his brain and determined the 22-year-old had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease attributed to receiving numerous concussions. CTE, which can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, has been found in the brains of more than 100 former football players, according to NBC News. Top Sports: Korea Republic Upsets Germany "The helmet manufacturers need to take responsibility," Hamblin told NBC affiliate WCMH . "For a product that's not made for kids." Cody died during Memorial Day weekend in 2016. He was aboard a boat fishing with his grandfather when he had a seizure and fell into the water. He drowned within a minute, according to the documents. He starting playing football when he was 8 years old and played through high school. Hamblin said in the lawsuit, which alleges fraud, negligence and wrongful death, that the helmets didn’t provide enough protection.
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