The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that an autopsy of Owen Thomas, a University of Pennsylvania football player who committed suicide in April, showed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This disease could have been caused by head trauma and may have led to his suicide. His mother believes Thomas never had a concussion.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. According to the National Institutes of Health, [http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm], they result mainly from vehicular incidents, falls, acts of violence, and sports injuries, and are more than twice as likely in males as in females. About 100 people per 100,000 are affected; somewhere between 2.5 and 6.5 million people. There are about 52,000 TBI related deaths per year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that even mild TBIs can affect a person’s ability to return to school or work and can result in long-term cognitive damage or other problems. Repeated or more severe TBIs can cause physical, cognitive, behavioral, or emotional problems.
If you are the parent of an athlete, it is important to become aware of brain injury symptoms. If you think your loved one is suffering as the result of a traumatic brain injury, you should seek the advice of a reputable brain injury attorney.
The experienced Pennsylvania brain injury attorneys at Cherry, Fieger & Marciano understand the legal issues of a personal injury. They offer qualified, competent legal representation with proven results. Call (888) 684-7192 for a free consultation.