As a result of the increasing scrutiny of the long term effects of football injuries, the National Institutes of Health will study the brain tissue of former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau.  It is suggested that Junior Seau committed suicide as a result of traumatic brain injuries sustained on the football field.  Many of these brain injuries are the same sort of injuries that are sustained in many types of car accidents that go undiscovered.

            The NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which researches traumatic brain injury, agreed to analyze the tissue at the request of Seau’s family. Seau passed in May at age 46. The NIH said it would not discuss the tissue or the results of its analysis, citing privacy concerns.

            Seau was at least the third former NFL player to commit suicide in recent years after exhibiting symptoms of brain damage. At that time of the suicide, Seau’s family was still deciding whether to donate his brain for research. The other players that allegedly committed suicide due in part to traumatic brain injury were former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson and Atlanta Falcons player Ray Easterlin, both believed they had long-term brain damage as a result of their football careers. Duerson left a note asking for his brain to be studied.

            Duerson’s and Easterlin’s families both filed wrongful death suits against the NFL. They are among more than 2,000 former players and family members who have filed suits accusing the NFL of deliberately concealing the potential for long-term brain damage from the blows to the head many players suffered. Many suits have been consolidated into one.

            The NFL denies the allegations. It says player safety has long been a priority. In recent years the league has begun punishing hits to the head more severely and strengthened bans on using helmets as weapons.  In January, a division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control published a study that showed retired NFL players had a lower rate of suicide than other members of the public.

            The human brain is astonishingly fragile and is not meant to come into traumatic contact with headrests, car windows, air bags or flying debris which are all things that can reasonably be encountered in a typical automobile accident.  We take great care to have our clients evaluated for signs of brain injury as this both raises the need for follow-up care to minimize the results and shows the need for increased compensation to pay for the future care that may be required.

            If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of this sort of injury the experienced attorneys at Guenard and Bozarth are here for you.  We have access to some of the best Neurologists anywhere and we can help you get the evaluation and care you need.

            Please call us today at 888-809-1075 or visit us at and fill out our contact sheet and we will call you.  Conditions like this seldom improve on their own and early care is critical.  Call us for a consultation today.