A couple of weeks after the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH) revealed that Junior Seau suffered a brain disease, which was linked to repeated violent hits to the head throughout his career, Seau's family filed a lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL). Seau's family alleged that Seau's suicide last May was the result of the brain disease.
The study performed by NIH revealed that Seau suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative brain disease often connected to athletes who suffer frequent blows to the head.
In addition to the NFL, Seau's family also sued the manufacturer of the helmets used in the NFL, Riddell Inc.
Seau's lawsuit is one of many lawsuits the NFL is currently facing. This past summer, over 80 pending lawsuits from former football players against the NFL were consolidated in a "master complaint" in Philadelphia, PA.
The players accuse the NFL of hiding information that linked concussions and head traumas to permanent brain injuries sustained during the game.
Research shows that consistent violent hits to the head over a period of time will put the player at risk of developing cognitive issues or brain diseases at an earlier age.
We've represented many individuals who suffered traumatic brain injuries while playing contact sports and saw that their lives were drastically changed. They often have significant cognitive impairments such as:
If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury while playing a contact sport and want to know your legal rights, contact our sports injury lawyers at White and Williams. 877.944.8396
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