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What is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease linked to individuals who have experienced recurrent brain trauma. Those at the highest risk are professional athletes and military veterans; however, CTE has been seen in anyone with a history of frequent head trauma. This blog will discuss the symptoms, diagnosis, and potential legal options available to families of those affected by CTE.

What are the Symptoms of CTE?

The most common symptoms associated with CTE include memory loss, confusion, aggression, and depression. Other symptoms include difficulty concentrating, impaired judgment, insomnia, speech impediments and suicidal behavior. In more severe cases, CTE can lead to dementia or even death due to the progressive nature of the disease.

How is CTE Diagnosed?

Currently, there is no single test to diagnose CTE in living patients; however, certain imaging tests, such as MRI or PET scans, can be performed to detect signs of brain damage or irregularities in brain activity. The only way to a definitive diagnosis of CTE is through an autopsy after death, when pathologists can observe microscopic changes in the brain’s tissue structure.

What Legal Options Exist for Families Impacted by CTE?

Families impacted by the death of their loved one due to CTE may be able to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against any organization responsible for causing the head trauma that led to their loved one’s suffering and eventual passing. Such organizations include:

  • Employers responsible for providing inadequate safety equipment or training
  • Schools that fail to maintain safe playing conditions
  • Sports leagues that do not enforce rules preventing physical contact
  • Military organizations that fail to provide adequate protection from head injuries

It is important to note that these cases are complex due to their medical nature; therefore, it is best practice for families seeking justice in such situations to consult an experienced wrongful death attorney specializing in traumatic brain injury cases.

Seeking Compensation Following the Loss of a Loved One

If you have experienced a traumatic brain injury or have lost a loved one due to a TBI, seek out the personal injury attorneys at Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn. Our team has decades of experience in guiding clients through the legal process in order to obtain their rightful compensation and justice.

Call us today at (415) 940-7176 for a free initial consultation.