Wrongful death lawsuits are like most other personal injury cases except that the party involved has died. Someone must be named as responsible for the death, but the family must file the suit to recover for their emotional and financial losses. While a law suit can never make up for the trauma suffered in losing a loved one, a Stuart, FL Personal Injury Attorney can help you regain some recompense for your loss. It's best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible as cases can be dismissed if they are not filed in a timely manner.
Consider the case of Derek Booguard, a hockey enforcer in the NHL. His family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the league accusing them of failing to properly monitor his condition after numerous concussions, and giving him copious amounts of painkillers prescribed by various doctors. Booguard played for the NY Rangers and the MN Wild, and received a series of concussions over six years. He was found dead in his apartment in May of 2011 after an overdose of painkillers and alcohol. However, he also was found to have had CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, due to repeated blows to the head. This is the same disease suffered by Dave Duerson, formerly of the Chicago Bears and Junior Seau of the San Diego Chargers. Both committed suicide.
CTE is a progressive, degenerative disease which occurs after repeated concussions or blows to the head, but can occur after even one event. It's not only seen in professional football, hockey, lacrosse or soccer players but also in soldiers exposed to IED's. High school and college athletes are not immune to this disease. It was first seen in boxers in the 1930's and was referred to as being "punch drunk".
Symptoms include memory loss, confusion, poor impulse control, depression and eventually, dementia. Too many individuals take their own lives because of the disease. Over 4200 former NFL players are currently suing the league for compensation for the damages done to them by concussions.
If you have lost a loved one to CTE or to any repetitive head injury, you may have a case to recover compensation for emotional or financial loss for you or other family members. Contact us so we may review your situation and consider what measures might be appropriate to help you recover and move forward with your life. Our compassionate law team is ready to go to work for you.