Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative condition linked to repeat head injury. Although CTE was first identified in boxers, later studies found the same condition in persons with other forms of head injury.
Health care experts currently recognize that it is the sustained or repetitive brain injury, rather than the sport or other activity in which the brain injury occurs, that increases the risk of developing this condition.
Litigation involving a CTE injury can assert claims of negligence, including medical negligence, negligence in coaching and supervision, and negligence related to sports equipment and facilities. Issues under product liability, labor and employment law, and workers compensation also arise.
Attorneys, physicians, insurers, employers, manufacturers, and other potential parties to litigation need to understand the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that may arise in connection with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.