Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Trauma to the head, such as a blow or whiplash, can result in a severe head injury. You may have heard of a head injury referred to as a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year over 1.4 million people are hospitalized or treated in an emergency department due to a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Up to 2.4 million more people suffer a sport-related concussions or traumatic brain injurys but do not visit a hospital or emergency room.
Head injuries can have both short-term and long-term effects on all aspects of a person’s life. In severe cases, these impairments can be catastrophic and fatal. The vast majority (90%) of victims of a concussion or TBI do not lose consciousness. Victims of concussions and TBIs may experience symptoms for days, weeks, or years after an injury. The consequences of a head injury are not limited to only physical injuries but may include damages to a person’s cognitive abilities including problems with thinking and memory. New research shows that TBI victims are at an increased risk of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
Whether you, or a family member, suffered a head injury as a result of a bicycle collision or motor vehicle accident, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you when the injury was caused by another person’s negligence. The attorneys of Keating Law Offices have experience representing victims, and their families, who have had their lives changed by these types of injuries. Please contact us today to discuss your case.
Concussions and traumatic brain injuries from sports and recreation activities are under a new focus in the news. School-aged children and teenagers who suffer repeated head hits while participating in sports are at an increased risk of negative long-term health consequences. Children and students rely on their coaches to safely supervise their practices and games, including teaching proper techniques. Coaches have the responsibility to make sure that children do not continue to play or practice after a suspected head injury until they have been properly evaluated by a healthcare professional and allowed to recover. A child with a head injury is not able to make the decision about whether he or she is ready to play again.
You may have a claim for negligence against any coach or official if your child experienced a sport-related concussion due to a lack of proper supervision, or was forced to participate in a sporting event before being evaluated by a trained healthcare professional. If your child experienced a sport-related concussion and continues to suffer from physical, mental, or emotional impairments, please contact us today to discuss your claim.
Leading Causes of Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Motor vehicle trauma (including whiplash)
- Sports and recreation activities
- Unintentionally struck by/against events