Traumatic brain injuries are very common in sports, especially high-risk sports like snowboarding, skiing, or skateboarding, and contact sports such as football and hockey. Because professional athletes practice and play games on a very regular basis, aches, pains, bumps, and bruises are very typical in contact sports at the professional level. In fact, many athletes view a little pain as simply part of the game, and not something to be concerned about as long as they are still able to continue playing. For this reason, many injuries, especially to the head and brain, can go undetected, and sometimes until it is too late. If you have suffered head trauma, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim, and if you have lost a loved one due to a brain injury, you likely can recover under a wrongful death action. Either way, it is important that you call an experienced Sargent personal injury attorney today to discuss your options.
The family of one professional hockey player learned about the dangers of multiple brain injuries the hard way. Derek Boogaard played professional hockey for the NHL for six seasons, acting as an enforcer, or the player who protects the main scorers and gets in fights. He suffered a career-ending concussion in 2010, and fell into a deep depression, retreated from his family, and began abusing painkillers and complaining of memory loss. After his death of drug overdose in 2011, his autopsy showed he had CTE, which is a progressive degenerative brain disease that results from multiple concussions or head traumas. Some symptoms of CTE include depression, confusion, aggression, memory loss, and suicidal tendencies. Boogaard's parents are now suing the NHL for wrongful death, claiming his ultimate overdose stemmed from his CTE that was caused by the multiple blows to the head he suffered in his 66 career fights on the ice.
Many professional football players have also filed lawsuits against the NFL because they suffer from many long-term symptoms of untreated brain injuries they sustained while playing the sport, and because the NFL downplayed or hid the risks of such injuries. Sports are always risky activities, and if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you could recover for your injury. Call (770) 487-8999 to speak with an experienced Coweta County brain injury attorney today at the Law Offices of Shane Smith, and we can help you.