Traumatic brain injuries are often serious and may even be permanent. Traumatic brain injuries are usually caused by accidents, such as car accidents, falling from heights, etc.
In the last few years, there has been a lot of attention on traumatic brain injuries suffered by football players. Many retired football players sued the NFL for their traumatic brain injuries allegedly caused by multiple concussions they suffered during their careers.
The retired players alleged that the NFL knew there were links between football-related head trauma and permanent brain injuries and failed to take appropriate action. Repeated head trauma has been linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and many professional and long time football players suffer from CTE.
The long term effects of repeated concussions do not only affect professional athletes; research shows that the long term devastating effects of repeated concussions may start earlier and include student athletes.
Last November, a 22 year old football player at Ohio State University was reported missing over Thanksgiving. His body was found on November 30, 2014 in a dumpster near the school's campus. The police also found a gun with his body and said that the football player appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to his mother, her son had suffered from several concussions. A few days before his body was found, the 22 year old texted his mother saying, "I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all [messed] up.” Though the cause of the 22 year old player's death has not yet been linked to concussions, research has shown a link between brain injury and suicide.
A Canadian study found that teenagers who suffered traumatic brain injuries at some point in their lives were three times more likely than the general teen population to attempt suicide.
Another study found that just one season of high school football is enough to cause significant brain changes similar to those caused by mild traumatic brain injuries, even if the players do not suffer actual concussions.
Though many people believe that concussions are part of contact sports, such as football, some concussions and brain injuries are preventable. The coaches must know how to recognize the signs of concussions. If a player took a serious hit, the coach needs to make sure the player is medically cleared before putting the player back in the game. If the player is put back in the game and sustains another blow to the head, the player may suffer a traumatic brain injury.
If you or your loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury in a sports accident and want to know whether you have a case or not, please contact our PA and NJ sports accident lawyers at 877.944.8396. Having a traumatic brain injury can be devastating and you should not have to suffer because of someone else's negligence.
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