Traumatic brain injuries such as concussion can cause serious complications and may even be fatal. Concussions occur when a bump or jolt to the head causes a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain. Participating in physical activities like sports presents an increased risk of sustaining a concussion. While certain sports like football or hockey present a particularly high risk of causing concussions, it important to be aware that concussions can occur in all sports, and proper identification and treatment of a concussion is essential. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, a sports related concussion may entitle a person to significant compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. The lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are available to meet with you at no charge to evaluate your case and help you determine how to proceed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following are the signs and symptoms coaching staff and parents should look for in an athlete to determine whether he or she has sustained a concussion:
- Appearing dazed or stunned
- Being confused about assignment or position
- Forgets practiced plays
- Is confused about aspects of the game, such as the opponent or the score
- Moves clumsily
- Answers slowly
- Loses consciousness
- Changes in personality or behavior
- Trouble with memories, either before or after the fall or collision
All concussions are serious, and any athlete who has potentially suffered a concussion should undergo a complete medical evaluation. Generally speaking, people who engage in sports are barred from filing a claim for injuries sustained due to a legal doctrine known as “assumption of the risk.” If, however, the conduct that resulted in injury was particularly negligent, violent, or was due to faulty equipment or poorly maintained facilities or fields a person may be able to assert a claim.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have suffered a TBI while playing sports and think that you may have a claim, you should contact one of the lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible. Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping people who have sustained TBIs recover for their injuries. Claims for personal injuries in Georgia are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which you can file a claim. If you suspect that you have sustained a TBI, you should be certain to be thoroughly evaluated by a medical professional, to make sure there is proper documentation of your injuries. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our Coweta County attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.