O.J. Murdock, a former star wide receiver with the Tennessee Titans died last July 30, 2012 of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He was found seating in his car just outside the football field where he used to play at as a teenager.
According to tbo.com, should Murdock's case be ruled a suicide at the end of the ongoing police investigation, it would be eerily similar to those of an increasing list of professional football players that have taken their own lives, like Junior Seau, the star linebacker with the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots and Dave Duerson, who played as safety for the Chicago Bears, the New York Giants and the Phoenix Cardinals.
Family Donates Brain to Science
Much like it happened with Seau and Duerson, Murdock's family has decided to donate his brain tissue to scientists from Boston University currently studying the effects of repeated head traumas on football players. Mr. Murdock's mother, Jamesena Murdock, was contacted by officials from Boston University, where studies are being conducted on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.
Doctors have been familiar with CTE for decades. Since the early 1920s it has been associated with boxers. However, recent studies have revealed that it can happen to anyone that has suffered repeated blows to the head, like football players or even car accident victims and soldiers in the battlefield. Repeated head trauma can trigger progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, which may result over time in multiple symptoms such as memory loss, confusion, aggression, depression and progressive dementia.
No Only After Concussions or Multiple Blows to the Head
Researchers are also discovering that traumatic brain injuries do not occur only after the victim has suffered a concussion or repeated blows to the head, as previously thought. For example, according to Murdock's football coaches, from high school through college and the NFL, he only suffered a mild concussion once, near the end of his last year Fort Hays State. Yet, like any other football player, he suffered multiple blows to the head every time he stepped onto the field.
Typical Injury of Accident Victims
As stated before, traumatic brain injuries are typical injuries of car accidents and slip and fall accidents. When a motor vehicle crashes, especially when our average small family car crashes with a large commercial truck, passengers not wearing their seat belts get thrown around inside the vehicle or ejected from the car altogether impacting hard surfaces that cause traumatic brain injuries. When these accidents happen due to someone else's negligence, we may be able to help.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
With over 67 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help victims that have suffered any kind of traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident recover the funds they need for their rehabilitation. These funds may include money for the expensive treatments mentioned in these posts, for rehabilitation therapy, for your pain and suffering and for lost wages. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, a truck accident, an amusement park accident or as a result of any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases.
Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Traumatic Brain Injury Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have represented many clients that have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.