Challenges Posed to Those Who Suffer Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

On February 17, 2011, former NFL player, Dave Duerson was found dead in his Florida home. Just recently, the cause of death was reported to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Prior to taking his own life, Duerson sent a text message to his family asking that his brain be donated to research and evaluated for chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative brain disease caused by multiple concussions or traumatic brain or head injuries. People with CTE may exhibit signs of dementia, memory loss, depression, aggression, confusion, and personality changes. The symptoms can show up as early as a few months after the head trauma or not until years later.

In 2010, an autopsy was performed on Owen Thomas, who was a 21 year old lineman at the University of Pennsylvania. Thomas committed suicide by hanging himself. The autopsy showed that he had early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. At the time, he was the youngest person to be diagnosed with CTE.

Any injury to the brain can cause catastrophic injuries and life altering damages and expenses. In order to protect our brains, we wear helmets during sporting or recreational activities such as, football, hockey, baseball, skateboarding, roller blading, skiing, snowboarding, or bicycle, motorcycle or horseback riding. We are under the impression that helmets are supposed to keep our brains safe and protected from a head injury. Unfortunately, when a helmet fails to provide adequate protection, it can lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), brain hemorrhages, skull fractures, severe concussions, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia and death.

Since 1958, the legendary Philadelphia brain injury lawyers of The Beasley Firm have been awarded in excess of $2 billion dollars and have sustained hundreds of verdicts, settlements, and awards in excess of $1 million dollars. Our record of success speaks for itself. If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury or wrongful death due to a faulty helmet, please contact one of our experienced helmet lawyers at (215) 866-2424. As always, we offer a zero fee guarantee which means that if we don't make a recovery on your behalf, you don't owe us a dime. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation.


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