Concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

While a concussion is considered to be a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), one concussion can increase your chances of suffering additional concussions in the future. Sustaining multiple concussions in your life can then have long-term effects, including early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other degenerative cognitive disorders. One particularly concerning effect of multiple concussions is a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

CTE refers to the degeneration of brain tissue caused by repeated head trauma. The symptoms of CTE can be very severe and include the following:

-Cognitive difficulties
-Lack of emotional control
-Aggression
-Physical impairments
-Sensory problems
-Dementia
-Suicidal thinking or behavior

As of now, the only way to diagnose CTE is to examine the brain in sections, which can only happen after death. CTE is commonly diagnosed in autopsies, especially in athletes who played contact sports such as football or hockey. Unfortunately, many of those players commit suicide due to the symptoms of undiagnosed CTE.

Anyone who has suffered multiple concussions or head traumas should be aware of the symptoms of CTE and should discuss any symptoms with a medical professional. If you require treatment for your symptoms, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs of treatment and your suffering. If you had a family member who was diagnosed with CTE after death, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a sports league or another party who was responsible for the multiple concussions.

Call for a Free Consultation with an Experienced Southern Illinois Concussion Lawyer

If you have suffered a concussion in a motor vehicle accident, fall, sports injury, or in any other accident caused by the negligence of others, you deserve to receive compensation for costs of your necessary medical care, lost wages, and more. If you are suffering the long-term effects of multiple concussions, you may have the right to further recovery from the responsible party. Please call a concussion attorney at the Lawler Brown Law Firm at 618-993-2222 to discuss your rights. We help clients in Marion, Carbondale, and throughout Southern Illinois.

1 http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm
2 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy/basics/definition/con-20113581

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