Understanding Brain Injuries—What You Need to Know
As anyone who catches the football game on a Sunday afternoon can tell you, those head injuries the quarterback (and other players) suffer on a regular basis really add up. Many retired football players manifest serious brain injuries, which are an aggregate of all the beatings they took on the gridiron. It is all-too-common to hear of former football players suffering from severe and lingering brain traumas. Some have even been linked to suicides committed by former players, including the recent suicide of Junior Seau.
Traumatic brain injuries are not only dangerous to football players, however. They can happen to anyone because of anything from receiving a blow to the head during a car accident to hitting your head after a fall on an icy sidewalk. The public tends be unaware that these injuries actually have long-lasting effects on the sufferer and symptoms that could show up years later, include memory loss, changes to personality, post-traumatic stress disorder and impaired motor skills.
Your skull is designed to protect your brain. However, if the blow is severe enough, the skull cannot fully protect against injury. This can result in concussions, skull fracture or traumatic brain injury.
According to the National Institute of Health, 50% of all traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. are caused by motor vehicle accidents. It is a tricky injury because symptoms might not appear until awhile after the accident. It is essential for anyone who has suffered even a seemingly minor head injury to seek immediate medical treatment from a specialist in these injuries, to avoid misdiagnosis.
After obtaining the proper medical treatment, you should seek the help of an experienced attorney to obtain compensation for medical treatments, pain and suffering, and related damages if your injury resulted from another’s recklessness or negligence.