Sports Lawsuits Shine New Light on Concussion Injuries

Football player holding football on the fieldThe National Football League (NFL) is currently facing multiple lawsuits from players who claim the organization downplayed the damage repeated concussions could do to players’ brains and/or failed to give them adequate medical care for these injuries.

According to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), concussions from sports injuries are receiving increased attention from states, school districts, sports organizations, and other groups – and not a moment too soon.

The AHRQ estimates that in 2008, about 44,000 sports players were seen in emergency rooms nationwide for sports-related traumatic brain injuries, usually concussions. Most of the players were between the ages of 14 and 18, but many younger children and adults also suffered sports-related concussions. Only about 12 percent of those who had a concussion during a sport lost consciousness, but the AHRQ warns that all types of blows to the head should be checked and that a concussion can be serious even if it does not result in a loss of consciousness. Most patients who receive sports-related concussions may be sent home from the hospital the same day but should take extra care to avoid hitting their heads again, especially while the concussion is still healing.

At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., our experienced New Hampshire brain injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting on behalf of those injured by another’s negligence. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, please don’t hesitate to call us today at (888) 332-5855 for a free and confidential telephone consultation.

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