For many people across the United States, sports and athletic activities are a huge part of their childhoods and often also a part of their high school and maybe even college careers. We are taught at a young age the importance of sportsmanship, exercise, and persistence. However, even though participation in sports brings about a significant number of positive attributes, there are some negative side effects of this participation as well, injury being the most common.
Recently, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been making the headlines throughout the United States both in newspapers and even in the movies. CTE is a tragic, progressive degenerative disease that is found in individuals who have suffered several or severe trauma to the head. In the past, this disease was most frequently associated with boxers, who of course suffered years of trauma to the head. However, researchers began to study the brains of deceased professional athletes and discovered that their brains showed signs of CTE. Most recently, the disease has been linked to even non-professional athletes.
In most cases, signs of CTE begin manifesting about a decade after the individuals last suffered their pattern of repetitive head trauma. Some common symptoms are confusion, rage, mood dysfunction, disorientation, which increase to erratic behavior, dementia, tremors, and maybe even suicide.
Up until very recently, CTE could only be diagnosed after the individual died. However, in February 2016 one national football player was noted to have signs of CTE right before his death.
National Football League Acknowledges Scientific Research and the Link Between Playing Football and CTE
A national news source recently reported that the NFL acknowledged the link between head trauma and CTE. There have been several class action lawsuits against the NFL from the families of players who suffered from CTE. The families alleged that the NFL failed to warn of the risks of repetitive brain trauma and failed to recognize and treat the injured players properly after suffering repetitive trauma.
Earlier this month, the NFL’s vice-president of health and safety discussed the connection during a congressional meeting. The spokesperson acknowledged the dedicated work of the Boston science researchers studying the disease and could not deny the link between football and the brain disease. He also stated that there are many more questions that need to be addressed and research needs to continue.
Have You Suffered Injuries After Participating in a Sports League?
If your loved one has died because of complications related to repetitive head trauma, you should consider contacting one of the dedicated attorneys at Miller Legal Services. Miller Legal Services is comprised of knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys that can help you understand your rights and what remedies may be available through different personal injury and wrongful death cases. In fact, Attorney Norman Miller has been selected as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. If you are successful in your case, you may be entitled to monetary compensation your family incurred as a result of your loved one’s injury and death. Contact one of the attorneys at Miller Legal Services today at 770-284-3727 to schedule your free initial consultation.
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