New information is emerging all the time about exactly how delicate our brains really are. A brain injury can not only interrupt cognitive functions and motor skills, it can also alter a victim's personality, at times rendering them into a person that feels unfamiliar to their family and friends. While most individuals traditionally think of brain injuries as the result of a catastrophic car accident or workplace accident, sports-related brain injuries have received a lot of attention in the past few years.
Particularly in regards to football and the NFL, there have been wrongful death suits, product liability suits and class action suits stemming from concussions and their devastating damage to former players' brains. However, there have also been instances of adolescents suffering brain injuries, occasionally leading to death, from sports concussions that were unattended to. Accordingly, the American Academy of Neurology has issued a new set of guidelines for how to handle, treat and monitor sports concussions.
The guidelines specify how to detect a concussion following impact, and the importance of sitting the player out until it can be determined by a professional if the player has a concussion. It also details how an individual is at a greater risk of having permanent brain damage by suffering another concussion, particularly in the 10 days immediately after an initial concussion. This revision of guidelines highlights how serious this issue is on sports fields across the country. In the words of one doctor, "You only get one brain; treat it well."
If an individual with a concussion is not properly tended to by a coach, trainer or other party, and that individual's condition further deteriorates or they die, there could be financial recovery in order. Individuals in Alabama that similarly suffer brain injuries from car accidents or workplace accidents could also seek financial recovery. In such instances, it is best to speak with an experienced attorney to determine how best to proceed.
Source: medicalxpress.com, "American Academy of Neurology issues updated sports concussion guideline," March 18, 2013