“It is very likely that a person with traumatic brain injury (TBI) resides in every community in California,” according to a 2010 report by the California Department of Mental Health. The frequency of these injuries is matched only by the diversity of the circumstances. From young children to war veterans, traumatic brain injury is nondiscriminatory in its reach. This fact is discussed in a recent study published in Neurology, which found that even mild and moderate trauma to the head is enough to cause traumatic brain injury.
These findings add validity to the idea that even under protective pads and helmets, athletes are at risk of having a traumatic brain injury, which could easily result in thinking and memory problems. This has proven true for NFL athletes such as Neil Smith, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, and Super Bowl champion Anthony Davis, who have joined a growing number of plaintiffs involved in brain injury lawsuits against the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA). The lawsuits against the NFLPA specify that the union failed to take necessary steps to protect players against traumatic brain injuries. Studies are also beginning to suggest that Rugby and Soccer players could also be at risk of such injuries.
What does this mean for traumatic brain injury survivors living in California? Current California legislature requires that “a school district that elects to offer athletic programs to remove from an activity an athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury.” The legislation also prohibits the return of the athlete until he or she is evaluated, and receives written clearance from a licensed health care provider and requires an annual related information sheet to be signed and returned by the athlete and his or her parent or guardian before practice or participation. California legislature also has requirements in place to protect returning veterans.
If you, or someone close to you has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is important to seek legal counsel. Schools and workplaces are often legally obligated to take preventative measures against these injuries. All too often, when an injury such as this occurs, it could be due to the fault or negligence of another person or company. Treatment for traumatic brain injury is often a long process and can often be very expensive for those suffering. A brain injury lawsuit can help you seek compensation for injuries, and damages incurred.
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