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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Football, Brain Injury, and Suicide


Debra Pyk, a mother in Wisconsin filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Pop Warner Youth Football organization last week following the suicide of Joseph Chernach, her 25 year old son. The complaint alleges that Pop Warner “recklessly exposes children to the risk of injury,” something Pyk believes resulted in the dementia and depression her son was suffering when he took his own life. Chernach played youth football with Pop Warner, though continued to play through high school on school athletic teams.
This lawsuit follows several against both professional and collegiate athletic organizations alleging that brain injury – a common consequence of contact sports – causes lasting brain damage. This damage has been shown to lead to depression, anxiety, memory loss, and violent or suicidal behavior. Tragically, these issues has been known about in sports circles for years and very little has been done to reduce their prevalence.
Seeking damages following sports injury can be very difficult – particularly if those injuries occurred years before. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your from the moment your injury is detected.
If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury while playing sports, please contact The Cochran Firm today to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney in your area.

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