Movie ‘Concussion’ Draws Attention to NFL Brain Injury Victims
The film 'Concussion,' starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, hit theaters over the holidays and has again drawn the nation's attention to the dangers of head injuries in the National Football League. In the movie, Smith plays Omalu, a forensic pathologist who is the first to publish findings linking football to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The NFL is then displayed in a negative light, attempting to conceal the findings from players and the public. While the movie itself does not focus on the long term implications of repeated concussions, it still succeeds in shedding light on the dangers of CTE to nationwide.
The Georgia personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, understand the serious implications of CTE brain damage inflicted due to multiple head blows. We assist sports accident victims in seeking justice for their damages stemming from their injuries. Our firm has over 30 years experience helping accident victims in Georgia and beyond.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
CTE is a degenerative disease that manifests in those who have suffered repetitive concussions, forceful head injuries or brain injuries. The disease is often mistaken for ordinary dementia, but has its origins not in aging and instead in actual damage to the brain. Symptoms of CTE mirror dementia and include memory loss, confusion, aggression, and depression. These symptoms may not manifest until several years after the trauma.
More than 200 lawsuits were filed in recent years against the NFL by former players and their families alleging negligence on the part of the organization in allowing players to suffer repeated head injuries. The attention called to CTEs through the NFL litigation and movies like 'Concussion' has lead to some positive changes within sports organizations. Now, players in both professional and minor league teams are not allowed to return to playing if they have suffered a concussion until it has healed. Child sports teams have numerous additional regulations which call for coaches to be on the alert for head injuries and pull any players who have received a head trauma. Hopefully increased regulation and ever expanding knowledge as to the condition of CTE will lead to fewer instances in future years. In the meantime, any sports player or car accident victim suffering from this condition should contact an attorney as soon as possible.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or while playing a school sport, you or the victim should be eligible to receive compensation. The Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist injured accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience and we are committed to providing zealous representation to each of our injured clients. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible.
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