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Family of Junior Seau sues NFL, helmet maker for brain injuries

Early last month we discussed a study that revealed information about brain trauma plaguing many athletes in contact sports here in Michigan and elsewhere. The research, published in the journal "Brain," unveiled new information about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition which has been linked to many professional football players. Thousands of NFL players and their families have sued the football league in recent years due to this disease, and this week yet another lawsuit was filed.

The family of Junior Seau, who died in May from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, has sued the NFL claiming that the suicide was the result of a brain disease caused by the numerous hits he sustained on the football field. Seau's family is accusing the NFL of wrongful death for hiding the dangers of repetitive hits to the head, by both ignoring and masking evidence of traumatic brain injuries.

The Seau family is also suing a helmet manufacturer, accusing it of negligence in design, testing and marketing, among other things.

According to the Associated Press, more than 3,800 lawsuits have been filed against the NFL in relation to players suffering traumatic brain injuries.

The family has noted in a public statement that they know the lawsuit will not lessen their pain or turn back the hands of time and save their son. They are suing, rather, to call attention to the NFL and encourage the league to stop putting its players at such serious risk.

This sentiment is often the case in wrongful death or brain injury lawsuits. Litigation, of course, cannot undo the damage that has been done. It can, however, accomplish many very important things--such as compensating the victim for medical expenses or a victim's family for funeral expenses. It can also result in compensation for lost wages. And, in many cases, the most important result is that the negligent party will be forced to recognize its error and make changes going forward.

Source: aol.sportingnews.com, "Junior Seau's family sues NFL over brain injuries," Jan. 23, 2013

  • Our Michigan law firm helps victims of traumatic brain injuries and their families seek justice and hold negligent parties responsible.

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