Brain injuries in sports, motor-vehicle crashes and falls

Friday August 2, 2013

Brain injuries may be caused by a collision or trauma to the head, which disrupts the normal function of the brain. A hit on the head is common in contact sports, such as football. Due to this, the National Football League is facing scrutiny regarding lawsuits in connection with brain damage.

The increase of sports-related brain injuries may have sparked the interest of New Haven, Connecticut, residents, particularly U.S. health officials. According to sources, health officials are alarmed about traumatic brain injury due to contact sports, such as football. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that from 2001 to 2009, people under age 19 who sustained a traumatic brain injury from sports and recreational activities has risen by 60 percent.

Additionally, the number of lawsuits filed against the National Football League has created challenges about the long-term effects of head injuries obtained in contact sports. As a result, the Institute of Medicine has started its own investigation into the potential risk of sports concussions for young players through adulthood.

Brain injury, however, may also arise from falls and motor-vehicle crashes. In fact, falls result in over 35 percent of traumatic brain injuries to adults and children. While the CDC confirmed that there has been a downward trend regarding brain injuries from motor-vehicle accidents, they still contribute 17 percent overall.

Whether an individual suffers a brain injury due to an accident or fall, a serious injury can alter a person’s life because it may result in a permanent disability, coma or death of the victim. Having a brain injury is financially and emotionally challenging as well. However, if negligence contributes to the injury, the victim and the victim’s family may be eligible for compensation.

If negligence is proven, a brain injury victim in Connecticut may be able to acquire compensation for damages for long-term medical care, rehabilitation and therapy. The compensation from legal action may support emotional damages and other related expenses as well.

Source: Insurance Journal, “Surge in Brain Trauma Among Young Athletes Spurs Call for Action,” Samuel Adams, July 16, 2013

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