Traumatic Brain Injury a Growing Concern for Athletes

Our law firm has more than 65 years combined experience representing individuals and families injured and suffering due to the negligence or mistake of others. Other than fatal injury, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are some of the most tragic matters we handle. In recent years, the necessity of understanding and preventing these catastrophic injuries has finally gained importance on the national agenda.

Often called a head injury, traumatic brain injury is the name of acquired injuries to the brain. Minor concussion is the most common form of TBI. Leading causes of TBI include:

  • Falls
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Impact of being struck or hit
  • Assaults

In the United States, it was former National Football League (NFL) players who contributed to increasing the profile of a traumatic brain injury called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This is a degenerative neurological disease caused by repeated impacts to the head. To date, 34 former NFL players have reportedly been diagnosed post-mortem with CTE.

The NFL currently faces a class action lawsuit on behalf of about 4,000 players and their wives alleging the organization was aware early on of the devastating effects of head impacts, but failed to protect or inform players. Recently the NFL has announced funding of significant research projects to investigate brain injury and develop methods and equipment to promote brain safety while protecting against injury.

Traumatic brain injury has long been a disabling, irreversible consequence of serious accident. Well-funded research into TBI will benefit society, the military and individuals and families struggling to deal with TBI injury.

Part of handling TBI is gaining resources and compensation to manage a lifetime of care after a debilitating injury caused by the negligence of another. If you or a loved one suffers a head or brain injury, talk to our personal injury lawyers about your injury.