Doc gave me the OK after a heavy hit: Delisted ruckman Daniel Gilmore
A former Fremantle player is claiming club negligence contributed to a career-ending head injury.
Delisted ruckman Daniel Gilmore, 28, will allege he was incorrectly passed fit to play by club doctors after a heavy hit in 2008.
Gilmore has since endured migraines, dizzy spells and lethargy. He was cut at the end of the 2009 season.
The Gilmore case may have greater ramifications than that of former Melbourne defender Daniel Bell, who is seeking compensation over concussion injuries, but is not claiming negligence or malpractice by his club.
Gilmore’s claim will be heard by the AFL Grievance Tribunal.
Dockers chief executive Steve Rosich confirmed the dispute last night.
“We’ve had advice from the AFL Players’ Association that Daniel wishes to pursue a case through the AFL grievance process and we are liaising with the AFL on the matter,” Rosich said.
The grandson of 1954 Footscray premiership player Brian Gilmore, Daniel played 43 games for the Dockers from 2004-09 but missed most of 2008 after complications from a head knock at training.
He played three senior games in 2009 and played in a premiership with WAFL side South Fremantle.
His manager, Carlos da Costa, declined to comment yesterday.
Footy’s concussion issue flared on the eve of the season when the AFL moved to toughen its stance on players suffering head injuries during games.
Stars Joel Selwood, Jack Riewoldt and Mitch Clark have since been involved in concussion incidents.
Last week, Bell revealed he was seeking compensation for brain injuries linked to concussion.
It also emerged West Coast star Dean Kemp successfully sought payment for career-ending concussions after retiring in 2001.
Kemp was told he risked permanent memory loss and blindness if he played on after a spate of high knocks.