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NFL lawsuits shed light on devastating impact of brain injuries

The human brain is undoubtedly the most important and complex of all human organs. Not only is the brain responsible for nearly every bodily process, but parts of the brain essentially comprise an individual’s personality, emotions and very humanity. It stands to reason, therefore, that a brain injury can have devastating and far-reaching implications on numerous aspects of an individual’s life.

In recent years, much has ben written about brain injuries in light of numerous high-profile lawsuits filed by former NFL players. While the injuries of these former professional players grabbed the media spotlight, football players at the collegiate level have perhaps been impacted even more negatively by repeated head and brain injuries.

For example, a 2005 college football injury left one young man with permanent brain damage and resulted in a lawsuit and $7.5 million dollar settlement. No amount of money, however, can undo the damage done and help the man live a normal life. Today, he resides with his parents who provide the round-the-clock care he requires and continues fighting his debilitating injury in weekly physical therapy sessions.

While brain injuries among athletes and particularly football players have captured the media’s attention, each year thousands of individuals suffer brain injuries as a result of car accidents, falls and medical errors. For these individuals, life is never the same and many are left with few options.

Illinois residents who have suffered a brain injury as a result of a medical mistake, would be wise to seek the advise of an attorney. In many cases, a lawyer who has experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits can prove negligence on the part of a doctor or hospital and help ensure for the best possible legal outcome.

Source: Fox News, “Concussion issue hits family’s heart,” Sep. 9, 2013


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