The family of a professional football player who died in 2012 has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL, according to the Associated Press. Junior Seau committed suicide in May, and doctors later confirmed that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that is caused by repeated head trauma. Seau’s family is stating that the NFL, as well as helmet-manufacturer Riddell Inc., exhibited negligence that led to the player’s death.
Seau, who was 43 at the time of his death, is one of a startlingly high number of professional athletes diagnosed with CTE in recent years. Because CTE can only be diagnosed posthumously, doctors are still trying to map out the symptoms that come with the disease. Players with CTE have been known to lead to mood swings, depression, erratic behavior, memory loss and dementia. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have been known to cause permanent damage with only one blow, and CTE is the result of multiple TBIs over a lifetime. Seau’s family believes that lawsuit will send a message to the NFL about the importance of caring for current and former players.
“While Junior always expected to have aches and pains from his playing days, none of us ever fathomed that he would suffer a debilitating brain disease that would cause him to leave us too soon,” his family said in a statement.
The NFL has asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, stating that the league has made agreements with players that cover the risks of CTE. The Seau family has suffered a tragic loss, and the NFL needs to accept that a career of high impact sports can leave a player with lifelong health issues. If the NFL and Riddell Inc. is be found negligent in this case, it could lead to big changes in the athletic world.
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