On July 12, 2012, the family of Junior Seau, one of the most well-liked NFL linebackers and a future hall of famer, donated some of his brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for study. The researchers will study Seau's brain for signs of damage caused by concussions suffered during his 20 year NFL career. Seau's family made the decision to donate his brain in the hopes of helping other individuals down the road.
Seau, who was 43, was found dead in his home on May 2 due to an apparent suicide. His brain will join that of another former NFL player, Dave Duerson, who also committed suicide in February 2011 and left a note requesting that his brain be donated to concussion research.
This comes amidst the recent controversy regarding the impact of concussions on football players. Earlier this month, more than 80 lawsuits from former football players were consolidated in a "master complaint," which was filed in Philadelphia, PA.
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More lawsuits from former NFL players have been filed this month and will be consolidated with the master complaint in Philadelphia.
Many players allege that the NFL failed to warn them of the risk of long-term brain injuries due to concussions. Some players are also alleging that the equipment failed to protect them.
Players who suffer from multiple past traumatic brain injuries are likely to have:
As sports accident lawyers, we often represent athletes who sustain permanent brain injuries after multiple concussions. Hits to the head and mild concussions sustained while playing a sport cannot be taken lightly. The athlete must be medically evaluated properly before going back to playing in a game.
If you have questions about a traumatic brain injury sustained while playing a sport and want to know whether you have a case or not, please contact our PA and NJ sports accident lawyers at 877.944.8396.