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Sports and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Many people in the Atlanta area enjoy sports as a source of exercise and recreation. Unfortunately, any physical activity presents participants with some risk of injury, and sports are no exception. Those who play sports may potentially sustain physical injuries which can range from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, or TBI. TBI has the potential to result in significant medical complications that may affect a person’s ability to work or even live independently. It is important, therefore, for anyone who has sustained an TBI while playing sports to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in order to determine whether they have a claim.

 

TBI occurs when a bump, blow, or jolt to the head disrupts normal brain function. In the context of sports, there are many potential ways that this could occur. For instance, a particularly hard helmet-to-helmet hit in football could result in a TBI, as could a baseball to the head or a hard check in a hockey game. Because of potential seriousness of a brain injury, athletes and coaches should know what signs and symptoms to look for after a blow to the head occurs. Some of the more common indicators of TBI include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Problems with memory
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Depressions
  • Emotional problems
  • Unconsciousness

 

Victims should seek medical attention whenever a TBI is suspected, as early medical intervention can significantly improve a person’s long-term prognosis. Once stable, victims or their families should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Peachtree City personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI is a sports accident, you may be able to recover for you injuries. After an injury, be certain to record as much information about your injury as you can. If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident if you believe that the condition of the premises contributed to or caused your injury. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Peachtree City personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia