The family of a former NFL star has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Football League, claiming that head trauma the football player suffered during his career led to a brain injury that caused him to commit suicide. Junior Seau, 43, died at his own hand in May after being diagnosed with CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition caused by repeated blows to the head. The lawsuit claims that the NFL deliberately concealed evidence of the risks associated with head trauma from players although the organization was aware that repeated hits could lead to permanent damage. The suit is one of more than 175 cases filed over concussion injuries sustained by football players. The family is also suing Riddell Inc., the manufacturer of helmets used by NFL players, claiming that the helmets are unsafe.
According to a new study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, patients are usually the last to know when a medication error is made in a hospital. While many mistakes do not cause harm to patients, personnel still tend to delay telling patients about these types of errors. The study also found that the most serious medication errors tend to occur in intensive care units where families are less likely to be told about problems than in other areas of the hospital. The study looked at voluntarily reported information from 537 hospitals covering 840,000 incidents between the years 1999 and 2005. About 98 percent of these errors resulted in no harm to the patients, but those that did were most likely to occur in ICU. About 110 of these errors led to patient deaths, 18 of which occurred in ICUs.