Owen Thomas was in the early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease caused by head injuries that has been linked to NFL players. The disease is linked to depression and impulse control.
A former captain of the Penn football team, Mr. Thomas was found dead at his apartment in April and it is understood that he took his own life.
For Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers and their clients, such developments speak to the need for careful investigation and preparation of head injury claims. Consideration and expert analysis of the long term effects of brain injury is required before a brain injury lawyer can responsibly consider settlement or trial of such cases.