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What is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a progressive condition resulting from serious head injury, repeated head injuries, or concussions. It is commonly associated with persons who have sustained sports injuries to their head, such as boxers, football players, hockey players, and martial artists.

There are various stages of CTE, each involving progressively more serious symptoms. Common symptoms or indications of CTE may include:

  • Slower speech patterns
  • Memory loss
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness/headaches
  • Dementia
  • Other symptoms

Who Can Be Held Liable for CTE Injuries?

While CTE is a long-term condition, it is sometimes possible to legally trace liability for CTE to a specific party. Injury laws may vary by state, but there are various legal theories that can cover a CTE claim. Some common sources of liability for CTE can include:

  • Negligence - for instance, if sports coaches or instructors fail to provide proper safety equipment for contact sport
  • Battery - especially in aggravated battery cases involving the use of a weapon or involving serious bodily harm)
  • Defective products - Certain product defects can cause brain injury, such as a car with a defective airbag

Liability for CTE will often depend on the facts for each case.

Are There Any Legal Remedies for CTE?

In most cases, a chronic traumatic encephalopathy lawsuit may result in a legal remedy for the affected party. This usually consists of a damages award to compensate for costs such as: medical and hospital bills; loss of ability to work; lost wages, and other costs.

In cases involving intentional conduct, such as a battery case, the defendant may also face criminal charges and consequences as well. These can result in further criminal fines and possible jail time as well. 

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with My CTE Claim?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a serious condition that can involve impairments which prevent the victim from performing normal, everyday tasks. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need to file a claim or lawsuit involving CTE. Your attorney can help research the laws in your area to determine what options you might have under state injury laws. Your attorney can also represent you in court as needed during the process.

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Last Modified: 05-22-2018 11:51 PM PDT

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