With the Super Bowl just days away, football has been on almost everyone’s mind. Recently, one cannot think of football without thinking about one thing: concussions. Concussions have been a hot topic the past few years due to the discovery of the neurodegenerative disorder known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Recently, however, it has been scientifically proven that repetitive hits to the head, without ever sustaining a concussion, can also cause CTE. This finding is critical for understanding post-injury recovery and treatment.
Alarmingly, CTE does not just affect athletes, it can affect you if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, are a victim of assault, or otherwise sustained multiple head injuries—even if you never sustained a concussion. Thus, although you may have never been diagnosed with a concussion or a traumatic brain injury, your actual injury may be just as dire with the development of CTE which can produce severe permanent consequences including paranoia, depression, dementia, aggression, and suicidal tendencies. This new scientific proof, set forth in the article Cindy Boren, A New Study Shows that Hits to the Head, Not Concussions, Cause CTE, Wash. Post (Jan. 18, 2018), may be critical to your claim for damages in your personal injury case—even if you have never been diagnosed with a concussion.