Did Football Kill Junior Seau?
Written by Faith Anderson on January 10, 2013
Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries
“What was found in Junior Seau’s brain was cellular changes consistent with CTE,” said Dr. Russell Lonser, chairman of the Dept. of Neurological Surgery at Ohio State University and lead researcher in the study of Seau’s brain. Patients suffering from CTE typically exhibit symptoms “such as impulsivity, forgetfulness, depression, [and] sometimes suicidal ideation,” said Lonser. According to Seau’s ex-wife, Gina Seau, the father of four was withdrawn, had difficulty sleeping, and became emotionally detached from his children before he committed suicide. “A lot of things, towards the end of his life, patterns that we saw and things that worried us, it makes sense now,” said Gina Seau. Unfortunately, the progressive degenerative brain disease CTE is usually not diagnosed under after the victim’s death.
Consult a Knowledgeable Attorney for Help
Upwards of 30 NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE in recent years, and last year, 4,000 retired players joined a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, claiming that the league has failed to protect football players from brain injuries. In response, the NFL said that it did not intentionally conceal the dangers of concussions from players in the league, and is doing everything it can now to protect them. Although Junior Seau was never formally diagnosed with a concussion, he routinely experienced symptoms associated with concussions after spending twenty NFL seasons receiving hits to the head during practices and games. If you have suffered serious head injuries or a traumatic brain injury while playing a sport or following a car accident or slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help you contact a lawyer in your area with experience litigating TBI cases.