Sports Injuries & Concussions
For far too long traumatic brain injury (TBI) in sports was viewed a rare and unusual event. Thankfully, TBI is now recognized which is helping us address and prevent it.
While injuries to star athletes playing in the NHL, NFL, NBA or MLB receive tremendous media coverage, we often don’t hear about the local high school or amateur league player knocked out or dazed during a game or practice. Some athletes are fortunate to be surrounded by knowledgeable coaches and highly trained medical professionals, while others are sent back onto the field, ice or court way too soon, only to risk even greater or permanent damage.
It is often similar for those injured in auto accidents, truck crashes, work related injuries, bicycle accidents and falls. Many primary health care providers do not recognize mild brain injuries. which can become permanent. Despite the term “mild”, the results can be very significant.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, a concussion is caused when the brain receives trauma from an impact or a sudden momentum or movement change. The blood vessels in the brain stretch and cranial nerves may be damaged. A person can experience a brief loss of consciousness, or remain conscious but feel “dazed.” Often, other injuries such as a skull fracture, brain bleeding or swelling may be present. Depending on the severity of the injury, it could take anywhere from a few months to several years for recovery, some people never fully recover.
If you or a loved one has been injured, and have been diagnosed with or suspect a brain injury, seek a doctor who treats TBI patients and call an experienced TBI lawyer, call the office of Feroleto Law, 716-854-0700. We can help.