NFL Player’s Family Sues League, Claiming Brain Injuries Contributed to Suicide
Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2013 – Family members are suing the National Football League (NFL) after the death of a player.
In May 2012, professional football player Junior Seau took his own life, and now his family is suing the NFL, claiming the suicide was the result of numerous brain injuries sustained during his career.
Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce commented, “It is widely understood that brain injuries, especially repeated injuries, can cause not only physical damage, but permanent psychological damage as well. It seems possible that repeated head impacts could contribute to suicidal tendencies.”
As a linebacker, Seau received countless blows to the head, and the NFL did not give him information critical to his safety, according to the suit filed recently in California state court in San Diego.
Over 3,000 former NFL players have sued the league for head injuries sustained during their careers. The lawsuits accuse the NFL of failing to notify players of known links between repeated head impacts and cumulative brain injuries.
Seau played 20 seasons in the NFL, was selected for the Pro Bowl 12 times, and retired in 2009. At 43, he killed himself with a gunshot to the chest at his California home. On January 10, the National Institutes of Health said that upon studying samples of Seau’s brain tissue, they had found evidence of a progressive brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
A master complaint filed in federal court in Philadelphia, where the various suits are consolidated, claims the league knew as far back as 40 years ago about the risk of repeated blows to the head. Allegedly, the NFL took no action to address the matter until 1994, and later attempted to suppress medical studies showing a link between injuries and subsequent brain damage.
Family and friends of individuals who have died with CTE have described them as being depressed, irritable, and having changes in personality. The disease was first identified in studies of former boxers who developed disorders similar to Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Seau’s behavior seemed to change beginning in the mid-1990s, according to his family’s lawsuit. He became forgetful, unable to concentrate, and eventually self-destructive and violent.
Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave,
Tampa, FL 33606
View Larger Map
- Auto Safety Institute Tests Frontal Crash Prevention Technology
Historically, vehicle safety technology has focused almost exclusively on preventing or minimizing injury or death in the event of a collision. Technologies such as antilock brakes and electronic stability control allow vehicles to automatically adjust braking and throttle in order to help drivers maintain control of the vehicle in the event of a loss of [...]
- High-Tech Safety Systems Promise to Cut Auto Accident Rates
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a plan to advance vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. The technology would enhance safety by enabling vehicles’ onboard computers to communicate with each other in order to help drivers avoid collisions. The systems give drivers visible and audible warning signals when they perceive threats based on data [...]
- Florida pill mill doctor could face 350-year prison sentence
A South Florida doctor faces a maximum sentence of 350 years for his role in a Pompano Beach “pill mill.” A jury in Broward County convicted Dr. Thomas Rodenberg, 54, of 14 criminal charges. These included trafficking of oxycodone (a narcotic painkiller), racketeering, illegal delivery of controlled substances and conspiracy. In 2012, the U.S. Drug [...]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: auto accident, brain injury, medical malpractice, Nursing home abuse, Tampa personal injury attorney, Tampa personal injury lawyer, wrongful death