What Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the brains of people who have suffered repeated concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. CTE is believed to cause degeneration or atrophy of the brain. There is no cure for the disease.

Former University of Missouri football player, Michael Keck, died in 2013 at the age of 25. A football player since age six, Keck suffered numerous concussions before he had to leave his beloved sport because of headache and vision problems. Sensing for years that there was something seriously wrong, he asked his wife to have scientists study his brain after his death. Researchers not only found CTE but also noted that it was the worst case of the disease that they had seen in someone so young.

While CTE is most commonly diagnosed in former NFL football players who died in their 50s, 60s and 70s, anyone who suffers repeated head injuries can contract the disease. The types of individuals who suffer from this deadly disease most frequently include:

  • Football players
  • Boxers
  • Participants in other types of contact sports
  • Members of the military
  • Accident victims
  • Others who suffer from repeated brain trauma

Common Symptoms Of CTE

CTE symptoms can mimic other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's. Common symptoms include:

  • Loss of memory
  • Lack of mental focus
  • Depression or suicidal tendencies
  • Emotional instability and aggression

How To Get Help

While CTE is diagnosed only after death, wrongful death actions can provide compensation to surviving family members. At The Copeland Law Firm, our attorneys understand that no amount of money can bring back what you have lost. However, a personal injury lawsuit can help provide financial stability for you and your family.

Contact us in Columbia, Missouri, by sending us an email or calling us at 573-397-5277. Your initial consultation is free, and you are under no obligation to hire our firm after meeting with one of our lawyers.

You will know what is best for your situation. We just want you to get the help you need to move forward with your life.