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CDC: Athletes at Increased Risk for Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a significant cause of emergency room visits in the United States every year. Depending on the severity of the injury can result in permanent disability and may even be fatal. TBIs are can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, and are most commonly caused by falls. Because TBIs can potentially be severe, it is important to determine whether you have any legal recourse against anyone that may have been responsible for your injury. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith now how to handle traumatic brain injury cases, and will be able to help you determine how best proceed.

A common type of TBI is a concussion, which can occur from even a mild blow to the head that causes the brain to move back and forth rapidly. The risk of concussion is very high during sports or other recreation activity, and is particularly high in sports where contact is common.  As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance to coaches and others involved in sports in order to better recognize concussions and how to treat them. Some important facts highlighted by the CDC include that:

  • Athletes who have already had a concussion are at greater risk for future concussions.
  • Children and teens are more likely to get a concussion than adults are take longer to recover
  • A subsequent concussion that occurs before the resolution of the first slows recovery and increases the chances of have long-term problems
  • Symptoms of a concussion may not appear immediately after the injury

In order to determine whether a concussion has occurred, the CDC provides information on both signs for others to watch for when a concussion is suspected and symptoms a person who has sustained a concussion may report:

Signs Observed by Others

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Confused
  • Forgetful
  • Unsure of facts
  • Problems with coordination
  • Loses consciousness
  • Mood, behavior, or personality changes

Symptoms Reported by Athlete

  • Headache
  • Pressure in the head
  • Proems with balance
  • Vision problems
  • Light sensitivity
  • Problems with concentration or memory
  • Confusion

 

If a concussion is suspected, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

Contact a Coweta County brain injury attorney for a consultation

If you have sustained a concussion or other type of traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to significant compensation. In order to determine whether you have a claim you should have the specific facts of your case reviewed by an experienced Coweta County brain injury lawyer. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are committed to helping people injured through the negligence of others recover for their losses. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Coweta County injury attorneys, contact us today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia