The former NFL player, Junior Seau, was found dead last May 3 with a gunshot on his chest. According to authorities, apparently, it was a self-inflicted shot. Therefore, suicide was seen as a factor to the incident.
The 43-year-old former football player had a standout career as a Pro Bowl linebacker during his 20 seasons in NFL. He played for San Diego Chargers and exited the league in 2010.
Seau’s suicide served as a reminder of last year’s incident when another former NFL player, Dave Duerson, committed suicide due to his unbearable sufferings caused by brain injury. Duerson left a suicide note, saying that he wanted his brain to be donated to science.
Many speculated that the same reason provoked Seau to end his own life, since the legendary linebacker during his football career suffered a number of hits to the head.
The only difference with Seau’s death from Duerson’s was that Saeu did not leave a suicide note. However, San Diego Chargers’ chaplain, Shawn Mitchell, said that Seau’s decision in shooting himself in his chest led the team, as well as Seau’s family, to a conclusion that the former player definitely wanted his brain to be donated to science for brain injury study.
In an interview, Mitchell said that Seau’s family will allow researchers to study the former NFL player’s brain for possible brain injury and damages.
Aside from the former players who committed suicide, other living players publicly declared that that they also want their brains to be donated for further study to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University once they died.
Last Thursday, at least 100 more players added their names to the growing list of former and current NFL players who filed a brain injury lawsuit against the league.
During his lifetime, Seau never participated in any of the pending lawsuit against the NFL but no one can ever tell if his family in would never raise a claim, particularly if researchers prove that there was evidence of concussion in Seau’s brain.
Football players and boxers are the not the only athletes at risk of brain injury, but hockey players as well. In fact, in the previous years, 28-year-old professional hockey player Derek Boogaard and 45-year-old former NHL player Bob Probert were found to have a trace of brain injury in their autopsies following their death.
Brain injury can actually ruin one’s life, causing paralysis and sometimes death. The condition may be treated, but will take a long period of time and a lot of money. Therefore, victims have to first mount a claim in order to get the right compensation that they need to remedy their illness. Definitely, victims have to make sure that they have the best legal representative, like a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, in raising a claim so that all their efforts would not be wasted.