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Children With Concussions Are Four Times More Likely to Sustain a New Concussion

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Sooner or later, children playing sports are likely to get hurt. Fortunately, most of these injuries are relatively minor, but a concussion can be very serious. According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, children who previously suffered a concussion are four times as likely to sustain another. Researchers note this is an essential factor for doctors to consider when determining when a child can resume playing sports again. Further, girls are more likely to have concussions than boys.

If this has happened to your child, a serious injury lawyer at Salamati Law can help you receive the compensation you deserve so that your child may recover as fully as possible.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. The force of impact causes the brain to rock back and forth within the skull. While a concussion is generally considered a minor brain injury, some can have long-term consequences. The more concussions a person experiences, the more likely it will cause permanent damage. In addition, if the person sustains a concussion before the brain fully heals from the initial head injury, the result is usually fatal. This is known as a second-impact syndrome. Long-term effects of a concussion in young people may include cognitive and physical problems.

Concussion Causes

The main causes of concussion in children include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Violence

When it comes to sports injuries, any underage athlete who hits their head should not return to the activity until cleared by a doctor. A healthcare provider should always evaluate the child.

Concussion Symptoms

Concussion symptoms include:

  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Memory loss
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Personality changes

Often, concussed children do not realize they are impaired. A family member or friend usually determines the child is not acting normally and needs medical attention.

Traumatic Brain Injury Damages

Damages, or compensation, for a TBI, may include:

  • Medical expenses, current, and future
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Pain and suffering

Keep in mind there is no cap on damages for pain and suffering in California, with the exception of medical malpractice. Moreover, children receiving a blow to the head during a sports activity should not participate for the rest of the day. If a coach or another individual puts a child back into the game that same day, ignoring California protocols, the organization may prove liable for punitive damages. 

Contact a Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another party’s negligence or recklessness, you need the services of an experienced Los Angeles brain injury attorney at Salamati Law. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. There is no fee unless you receive compensation.

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