Fall, School Sports, & Concussions | CA Child Brain Injury Attorney September 30, 2009
Fall is here, beginning the sports season in the schools and, according to Dr. Joan Pellegrini’s article on the WABI TV5 website, beginning the time of year when concussions and other head injuries can be prevalent. It’s important to note, however, than anyone can suffer a concussion anytime and at any age. A concussion occurs when someone suffers a blow to the head that results in unconsciousness, a dazed feeling or lapse in memory, or dizziness. Many believe that a concussion is not a serious injury, but the reality is this: a concussion is a form of brain injury, and any injury to the brain can result in serious side effects or long-term consequences. In fact, Dr. Pellegrini highlights the facts that concussion victims suffer an increased risk of seizures up to five years after impact, and multiple concussions can lead to brain damage or learning disabilities.
Below are some of the side effects of post-concussive syndrome:
- chronic headache
- chronic dizziness
- loss of concentration
- changes in personality or mood
- loss of appetite
- problems with balance.
If your child is playing a sport this fall and suffers a blow to the head, do not take risks by putting your child back in the game: seek immediate medical attention, no matter how moderate the injury seems. If you think your child has suffered a concussion (whether playing sports, in a car accident, or elsewhere), feel free to contact child brain injury attorney Chris Keane, and he will help you find the best medical care for your child and answer your legal questions for free regarding liability or negligence.
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