The family of former NFL legend Junior Seau has agreed to donate his brain to researchers studying the possible effects of repeat concussions. According to the LA Times, multiple research facilities are interested in analyzing Seau’s brain. A day after his death from a gunshot wound to the chest, the San Diego County medical examiner ruled Seau’s death a suicide. Reportedly, the family cited their desire “to help other individuals down the road,” in allowing researchers to investigate the long-term effects on Seau’s head, according to San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell.
It has been alleged by many that repeated concussions can lead to a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE has been known to behavior similar to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as depression. Earlier this year it was reported that the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy found shocking results when it analyzed the brains of more than 75 deceased former athletes. It found CTE in more than 50 of them, including 14 or 15 former NFL players.
The death of all-time great Junior Seau comes as the NFL is embroiled in massive lawsuits filed by over 1,500 current and former NFL players that allege the NFL “repeatedly refuted the connection between concussions and brain injury.” Seau is widely considered one of the best linebackers of all time. He helped lead San Diego to its only Super Bowl, was voted to 12 straight Pro Bowls, and was named All-Pro six times. Seau also played for the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots.
Traumatic brain injuries can prove to be extremely debilitating for victims, rendering them incapable of working, playing, and functioning as they previously could. Therefore, individuals who sustain brain injuries due to the fault or negligence of another may be able to pursue legal recourse. If you or a loved one has been in an accident that led to a possible brain injury, contact an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney to see if you might be able to enter a lawsuit to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.