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Multiple Concussions May be Linked to Rise in Military Suicides

By Tom Kiley on June 3, 2013 - Comments off

According to a study led by Air Force psychologist, Craig Bryan, soldiers who have suffered multiple concussions while on active duty are at a higher risk for committing suicide. Understanding the relationship between brain trauma and suicidal thoughts has become a more pressing issue in recent years as the rate of suicides among military personnel has doubled following the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A single concussion can cause short-term effects such as loss of consciousness, nausea, or dizziness, and the long-term effects may dramatically affect a person’s problem-solving skills or social abilities. For soldiers facing roadside bombs and other violent experiences on a daily basis overseas, the resulting effects of multiple concussions can be devastating.

Craig Bryan’s research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, included 157 military personnel and four civilian contractors with suspected concussion injuries. After assessing the statistical data collected from each subject, Bryan explained “All of a sudden the likelihood of being suicidal increased dramatically once you had the second head injury.”

While the result of Bryan’s research is not definitive, it leads scientists and medical professionals closer to understanding the long-term effects of multiple concussions, which can be used to treat veterans, as well as accident victims and athletes.

If you have suffered brain injuries due to someone else’s negligence in Massachusetts, call the Boston brain injury attorneys at Kiley Law group at 1-800-410-2769 for a no-cost consultation. Our team can help brain injury victims and their families understand the legal rights and options available to them.

NFL Player Junior Seau Had CTE

By Tom Kiley on January 25, 2013 - Comments off

The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently told the AP that Junior Seau, the beloved NFL player who committed suicide last May, had the degenerative brain disease CTE.

What is CTE?

CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy and is not uncommon in professional athletes who suffer from repetitive concussions in contact sports such as football. Seau, a 20-year vet, was likely repetitively hit on the field and suffered repetitive minor head injuries before developing the condition.

The symptoms for CTE are similar to the ones for dementia, including memory loss, depression, confusion, changes in personality, and aggression.

CTE and the NFL

In recent years, many former NFL players have posthumously been diagnosed with CTE. In fact, CTE can only be tested using samples from a deceased brain.

Seau ended his life with a shotgun blow to the chest. His suicide brings another NFL player to mind, Dave Duerson, who also shot himself in the chest, leaving instructions to his family to test his brain for CTE after his death in February 2011. It was later confirmed that Duerson did have CTE.

According to ESPN News, around 30 former pro players have been diagnosed with the disease. The number of players with CTE continues to grow every time an ex-player’s brain has been donated and tested.

The number of CTE cases in sports players is actually much larger, though not every athlete that suffers from CTE ever gets to the big time. Of the 1.1 million high-school football players only 69,000 (less than 2%) go on to play in the NCAA.

Sports Safety

As the effects of repetitive head trauma can reverberate throughout a person’s life, it is all the more important to raise awareness of sports-related brain injury especially at schools. Increased helmet use, as well as recognizing a concussion when it happens are both crucial steps to preventing future concussions.

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Massachusetts General Hospital Study Reveals Inconsistencies in Criteria Used to Diagnose Sports Head Injuries

By Tom Kiley on October 16, 2012 - Comments off

According to BioscienceTechnology.com, a study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) published in the October 2nd edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery, finds that while athletes who suffer repeated impacts to the head are at an increased risk to suffer serious psychiatric and neurological problems, the criteria to diagnose sports head injuries are inconsistent and can affect patient outcomes. Even the term “concussion” has different meanings to different people.

The Study

The study is part of a bigger investigation into the biomechanical basis of a concussion and the effects of repeated impacts to the head being conducted over the course of five years at three universities:

  1. Dartmouth College
  2. Brown University
  3. Virginia Tech

The study followed 450 male and female athletes and observed each school’s standard diagnostic, assessment, and treatment procedures for potential concussions. More than 486,000 head impacts were recorded during the study period; 48 concussions were diagnosed during this time. The most common symptoms were headache, mental cloudiness, and dizziness; one athlete lost consciousness. In all of these concussion cases, an immediate diagnosis was only made six times. The study’s authors noted that the concussion injuries reported in this study were different from those usually reported for concussions in emergency departments.

If You’ve Suffered a Concussion

While there are many factors associated with concussions and the consequences of repeated head trauma, it is clear that repeated impacts to the head are not healthy for the brain, whether it is repeated concussions or another type of impact injury. It is the job of the school, healthcare professionals, and even professional sports organizations to do everything they can to ensure the safety of students, patients, and athletes.

If you have suffered serious injury as the result of another’s negligence, you may have the right to hold the at-fault party financially responsible for your present and future losses. To find out whether you are entitled to legal action, call The Kiley Law Group today for a free legal consultation at (888) 208-1695.

Autopsy Reveals NFL Player Had Degenerative Brain Disease Associated with Concussions

By Tom Kiley on August 8, 2012 - Comments off

It’s no secret that professional football is a physically demanding sport with a high risk of injury, but the manner in which the National Football League (NFL) has handled concussion injuries has been under scrutiny, especially since former NFL player Dave Duerson committed suicide last year and former Atlanta Falcons Safety Ray Easterling committed suicide in April 2012. Both players suffered from dementia and post-concussion-related depression.

Autopsy Findings

Ray Easterling was 62-years-old when he died and, according to CBS News, the autopsy revealed that he suffered from a degenerative brain disease related to repeated concussions. His brain showed signs “consistent with the findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.” He had played for the Falcons from 1972 to 1979 and started a financial services company in Virginia after he retired from football.

Easterling’s wife, Mary Ann Easterling, provided the autopsy report to The Associated Press, and is one of thousands of plaintiffs who are bringing action against the NFL over its alleged failure to properly treat players for concussion injuries and its attempt to hide the connection between the contact sport and brain injuries.

Obtaining the Compensation You Deserve

Brain injuries can have serious, long-term, and life-altering consequences; as such, it is essential that people involved in high injury risk jobs, such as professional football, are provided the best treatment available to protect their health and future well-being. Not doing so is negligent.

If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion or other brain injury as the result of another’s negligent or reckless actions, the experienced Boston concussion injury lawyers with Kiley Law Group can help you hold the at-fault party responsible for the damages they have caused. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us today for a free consultation at (888) 208-1695.

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