Traumatic Brain Injuries and Sports

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Sports

With schools getting back into session and many athletes returning to the field it is important to understand the risks associated with brain injuries. Recent high profile concussion lawsuits involving the NFL and the NCAA have drawn attention to the serious long-term risks associated with brain injuries and the need to use care when playing sports.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused when excessive forces are applied to the head that result in damage to the brain. TBIs can occur as the result of a variety of types of accidents but are common results of car accidents, sports accidents, violence or Shaken Baby Syndrome. Effects of TBIs may include short-term memory loss, compromised cognitive functioning and in some cases, an inability to manage the activities of daily living. Further, studies show there is a cumulative effect. Multiple concussions can lead to long-term issues. Left untreated, these issues may worsen over time. Where a TBI is the result of another's negligence or wrongful conduct, a victim may be entitled to compensation.

Recently, the NCAA reached a settlement that requiring changes to the association guidelines regarding management of concussions and provide $75 million for medical monitoring and research.

As the result of the increased awareness concerning the effects of TBI, many local school districts, colleges and universities have changes rules concerning player safety and when athletes who are injured may return to the field. When schools violate these laws, they may be found negligent and responsible in personal injury lawsuits.

For more information or if you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as the result of a sports accident or other incident, contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer right away is important to determine your next steps. For more please contact the experienced San Diego brain injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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