Why Concussions and Other Personal Sports Injuries Need to be Taken Seriously

The heart of high school football season is here. Between screaming fans, stands painted with school pride, and rowdy celebrations are the risk of serious sports injuries for those high school football players. From torn ligaments to concussions to dislocated shoulders, sports injuries are serious injuries which need to be treated as such. Here are some reasons why a bump on the head or a pain in the knee should not be taken lightly.12795150053_638cb5b696_z

Concussions are common

Concussions are a brain injury, and all traumatic brain injuries are serious.  While one may get a concussion through a fall, bump, car accident, or other injury, the risk skyrockets by participating in sports.

Concussions may cause lasting brain damage

According to research done by the Concussion Center at NYU Langone Medical Center reported by NPR, just one concussion can have long-term effects on the brain.

Problems such as being anxious or depressed, difficulty concentrating, paying attention, planning and organizing, and solving problems were common symptoms of what is called post-concussion syndrome.

Another report states while symptoms were reduced up to 27 percent four months after the injury took place, brain scans showed the frontal cortex having abnormalities.

Urgent repairs

Depending on the severity of the injury, some repairs are urgent and need to be tended to immediately after the injury occurs. Sprained or fractured bones need to be properly set in order to avoid complications during the healing process. Untreated injuries can cause chronic problems and continue to be a problem later in life.

I know someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Do they have a personal injury case?

It depends on how they sustained the TBI.  In cases where the brain injury was sustained in a car accident, or a fall there may be a cause of action depending on the facts. However, conversely in most sports injuries, it can be very difficult to prove the merit of those types of cases.  For those students who suffer a TBI during a game due to an accident, it is likely that you may not have a claim.

Whatever your situation, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss. We will be able to guide you through the situation and help you understand who may be responsible for the injury. Our PI Team’s knowledge and expertise will assist you through the process of recovery.

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