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NFL Compensation for CTE and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)


CTE, as well as the head injuries which lead to CTE, can inflict a range of debilitating physical and mental impairments on an NFL football player. Even the lowest level of traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is called mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) or a “concussion,” is capable of resulting in effects that persist for weeks or months, whereas moderate or severe TBI generally results in long-term or permanent physical and cognitive damage.  Due to the enormous complexity of the brain and central nervous system, the effects of CTE and traumatic brain injuries typically prove irreversible. While a laceration can be closed with stitches, or a damaged joint reconstructed with implants, damage to brain tissue is almost impossible to repair effectively, even with the benefit of world-class medical care. Because they are so difficult to treat and have such profound effects upon the patient and their loved ones, brain injuries are among the most devastating and life-altering injuries any athlete can sustain.

Depending on its severity, size, and location, a traumatic brain injury can lead to a range of physical effects, mental effects, and emotional or behavioral effects. These effects may include:

      • Blurred vision
      • Chronic pain
      • Coma
      • Difficulty balancing
      • Difficulty focusing and concentrating
      • Difficulty learning and processing new information
      • Difficulty reading and/or writing
      • Loss of bowel and/or bladder control (incontinence)
      • Loss of physical sensation, such as pressure or temperature sensations
      • Memory loss
      • Paralysis
      • Persistent vegetative state
      • Shortened attention span
      • Speech problems
      • Vision loss

CTE, which is caused by repeated head injuries and causes the brain to lose physical mass, can have similarly devastating consequences for an NFL player’s health, independence, and functionality. These consequences can persist and continue to worsen for many years after the player has retired. Effects of CTE may include:


      • Dementia
      • Depression
      • Erratic behavior
      • Increased aggression or irritability
      • Increased impulsivity
      • Memory loss

Due to the permanently disabling nature of most football-related brain injuries, as well as the enormous medical costs associated with ongoing treatment and care, injured NFL players require financial support. Equipped with decades of experience fighting for compensation on behalf of hurt NFL players, athletic injury attorney Martha Ramsay is ready to explore every possible legal avenue for recovering compensation.

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