When researchers at Boston University’s Medical School released their latest findings on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in NFL players last month, we weren’t surprised.
In our work advocating for victims of car accidents, truck accidents, and other lesser impact accidents, we see a lot of people who suffer from traumatic brain injury. In many cases, what seems to start as a simple concussion often turns into a lifetime of struggle with chronic neurodegenerative disease. Typically, the extent of the brain injury isn’t realized initially, and then symptoms snowball over time.
CTE has been commonly associated with boxing, but increasingly there is awareness of its prevalence in football players and military veterans. Some of the symptoms, which are also common in impact accident victims, include increased moodiness, aggression, depression, impulse control issues, and difficulty thinking clearly. If you know someone who has been injured in an accident that involved head trauma, be sure to have them fully checked for any signs of traumatic brain injury. If possible, follow post-concussion protocols to allow time for the brain to heal and recover before getting back to regular routines.
If you are worried that you, or a loved one, is suffering longterm effects of TBI from an accident and you need assistance getting a full insurance claim, give us a call for a no-fee consultation.