Concussions 101: Understanding The Trauma-Induced Brain Injury

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Most concussion-related discussions seem to center on the National Football League (NFL). Somehow, most people overlook the grim reality that youths who play football for fun – not money – are at just as great a risk of suffering a concussion.

Eight high school football players died from brain injuries during 2008-2011. While those tragic teen deaths are the most sobering examples of the danger of concussions, hundreds of thousands of children and young adults suffer concussions from sports in the U.S. each year.

If doctors were to rename the term “concussion,” it would probably be changed to “trauma-induced brain injury.” They usually occur when the victim suffers a blow to their skull. Historically seen as something you “shake off” and fully heal from, scientists have recently uncovered more knowledge about the lasting impact of concussions.

Concussion brain injuries often have a lasting impact on the victim that may affect their speech, vision, memory, cognitive functioning and personality. While medical treatment is advancing, concussions are incurable and largely rest upon the brain’s ability to heal itself. Prevention is truly the answer to avoiding the negative effects of concussions.

If you or your child has suffered a brain injury because of another person’s negligence, it’s important to explore your legal options. A personal injury lawsuit allows the victim to recover compensation to pay for medical treatment of brain injuries. Discuss your specific situation with a skilled Ohio brain injury lawyer to preserve your legal right to a claim.

Source: The Atlantic, “How To Fix Sports’ Concussion Crisis,” Alan Siegel, Sep 27, 2011

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