Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL, Claims Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases may arise because of a variety of incidents, commonly consisting of car accidents, trucking accidents and medical malpractice. There are instances when a case comes up that receives national attention that is out of the ordinary. Junior Seau's tragic death has triggered a wrongful death lawsuit from the former linebacker's family.

Seau, an NFL great, who played the majority of his career in San Diego, died in May, at age 43, of a self inflicted gunshot. He developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as a result of receiving multiple concussions during his playing days. The suit blames the league for ignoring evidence tying violent on-field hits to traumatic brain injuries.

"The Seau family certainly has a right to take this lawsuit to court," said attorney Richard Donahey with the Donahey Law Firm. "There has been an extensive history of players developing CTE as a result of frequent hits to the head."

Junior Seau shot himself in the chest, leading many to speculate that Seau's intent was to leave his brain intact for further testing. The National Institutes of Health studied three unidentified brains, one of which was Seau's, and said the findings on Seau were similar to autopsies of people "with exposure to repetitive head injuries." The National Football League is claiming that the maker of the football helmet, Riddell (who the Seau's are also suing) is at fault.

"At the end of the day, it's extremely sad that a young man took his own life," said Donahey. "And it's understandable that the family is pursuing legal action."

The Donahey Law Firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in central Ohio. Established in 1968, our mission has always been to help injured people obtain fair compensation for their pain and suffering.