Brain Injury | San Diego Injury Accident Lawyer Blog - Part 2
Studies by the National Institute of Health (NIH) have recently confirmed that Junior Seau, NFL linebacker, had been suffering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide on May 2, 2012. Repetitive head injuries during Seau’s football career greatly contributed to the development of the neurological degenerative disease, CTE.
On January 23, the Seau family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL), claiming that they failed to protect Junior Seau against the dangers of hard hits to the head and their long-term effects. The helmet manufacturer, Riddell Inc., is also being sued by the family on the basis of design and testing negligence that has resulted in equipment that is unsafe and dangerous for players. Read the rest »
According to statistics provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), around 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) per year due to different reasons. Some common reasons behind these life changing brain injuries include:
- road accidents,
- medical negligence,
- physical assault, and
- slip and falls.
The brain is a highly sensitive organ and even a minor injury can lead to a severely damaged brain or even death. Some people who suffer from major head or brain injuries are forced to endure several mental disabilities and physical disorders. Read the rest »
Ray Easterling, former Atlanta Falcons safety, committed suicide back in April 2012. The autopsy report was officially released last week and the findings show that Easterling was suffering with a degenerative brain disease before his death. The brain disease is common to athletes that have endured frequent blows to the head.
Easterling started to deal with dementia and depression about 10 years after he retired from football. Before his death, Easterling’s behavior was characterized by terrible mood swings, forgetfulness, distraction from work, and tardiness. He even chopped off a piece of his thumb while trying to chop trees down for firewood. Finally at age 62, Easterling died in his Virginia home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Read the rest »
At 10am Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Junior Seau’s girlfriend placed the 911 call that shook us all.
Paramedics rushed to the scene to find Seau’s unconscious body, brought about by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Life-saving attempts were made, but the damage had been done. The 12-time Pro Bowl player was pronounced dead at his Oceanside home.
For those of the San Diego Chargers fans that missed it‚ Chargers lineman Kris Dielman suffered a harrowing concussion after colliding with Jets linebacker Calvin Pace in the fourth quarter of SD’s October 23 loss to the Jets. Moments after‚ he was seen struggling to return back to the huddle but still decided to stay in the game until it finished.
According to reports‚ Chargers personnel did not see Dielman staggering to the huddle‚ or else they would have pulled him aside. However‚ an official did. Unfortunately‚ that brush-off by the official almost cost Dielman his career. On the plane ride back to San Diego‚ Dielman suffered a seizure and was hospitalized. Read the rest »
Former offensive tackle Orlando “Zeus” Brown‚ renowned for filing a lawsuit against the NFL‚ was found dead in his Baltimore condominium on Friday‚ September 23 at the age of 40. The cause of death has not been announced.
Brown‚ who played for both the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens‚ suffered a serious injury in 1999 that almost ended his career. During a Browns game‚ the player was hit in the eye with a penalty flag thrown by official Jeff Triplette. Brown left the field holding his eye‚ came back on the field‚ and shoved Triplette. He was suspended by the league until it was discovered that the thrown flag caused Brown to suffer temporary blindness in one eye. Read the rest »
Stuntman Scott McLean‚ the stunt double for Ed Helms in The Hangover 2, is suing Warner Bros for an undisclosed amount for injuries he sustained during a high-speed stunt-gone-wrong during the filming last year in Bangkok‚ Thailand. McLean filed a lawsuit in California federal court on Tuesday‚ August 30th.
The stuntman claimed he was hurt during a stunt where he had to lean out of the window of a moving truck. According to McLean‚ another car involved in the stunt skidded out and crashed‚ resulting in a major collision. This was due to a last-minute change in timing by the stunt‚ which was the cause of the car accident. Read the rest »
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego recently received a $100,000 grant from NFL Charities to study traumatic brain injury (TBI) in military personnel and will ultimately expand the study to include high school and college athletes.
The grant represents part of a total grant package to 16 different research institutions across the country totaling over $1.6 million for sports-related medical research. More than $1 million of this research focuses on concussion prevention and treatment.
The National Football League has recently made a conscious decision to research and develop ways to prevent and treat the long-term effects of brain injuries‚ including dementia ad mental illness. Read the rest »
A man fractured his skull in a San Diego dirt bike accident that occurred on October 9‚ 2010‚ around 3:15 a.m. San Diego Police Department officer Frank Cali said that the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries when he was thrown off a dirt bike in an industrial parking area in San Diego.
The injured man was riding his bike in a parking lot at 4592 Alvarado Canyon Road when he struck a planter box and was thrown off the bike. The injured motorcyclist was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Read the rest »
A recent self reporting study demonstrates that former NFL players aged 50 and over suffer from dementia related diagnosis at a rate five times the national average. The study is so important that the NFL is now undertaking its’ own study of the long term affect of concussions and brain injuries on its’ players.