Representing Professional & College Athletes Nationwide
The 2015 American biographical sports/medical drama “Concussion”
delves into the research surrounding brain damage suffered by professional
Unfortunately, this issue does not solely occur in professional athletes,
but amateur athletes as well. For decades, the NCAA has promoted its organization
as being one that represents a dedication to the protection of the physical
and mental well-being of college athletes. With the increasing number
of concussions within the NCAA, this is a mission that our sports injury
attorneys are calling into question.
Have you or someone in your family has suffered a sports-related concussion?
Reach out to Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 or
contact us online!
Sports Concussion Litigation
Concussions and concussion-related disorders pose significant risks to
many types of athletes. Concussions are linked to short and long-term
physical, emotional, and mental injuries. Unfortunately, many of the problems
athletes face from the effects of concussions could have been prevented.
Those in a position to look out for athletes’ best interests failed
to take effective action to protect athletes and/or failed to inform players
of the true risks associated with concussions, brain injury, and brain trauma.
Concussions can occur in the following sports:
- Ice Hockey
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury occurring when the brain impacts
the interior of the skull due to violent head movement or a blow to the
head. The impact triggers a cascade of microscopic changes in the brain
and produces varying symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, confusion,
amnesia, heightened emotions, and nausea. A concussion does not always
result in loss of consciousness.
Following a concussion, the brain is extremely vulnerable for a period
of time. Sustaining multiple concussions greatly increases the risk of
long-term brain damage, especially if subsequent concussions occur before
a previous concussion is properly rehabilitated. Repeated subconcussions
(hits below the force required to cause concussion) pose similar risks.
The following are some immediate symptoms of concussions:
- Confusion, disorientation, inability to focus
- Ringing in your ears
- Lack of balance
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Strong emotions (i.e. anger, sadness, excitement, etc.)
- Vacant stare
- Slurred/incoherent speech
Was My Injury Preventable?
Athletes involved in fast-paced sports are particularly vulnerable to the
dangers of concussion and long-term brain damage. Unfortunately, those
who could have prevented tragic concussion-related injuries often failed
to act reasonably and failed to protect the most important participant
in sports – the athlete.
Abundant information on the dangers of concussions has been available for
decades. Despite knowledge of the dangers, sports organizations and individuals
have regularly acted contrary to the best interest of the athletes in
Instances of sports authorities increasing risk of concussions include:
- Utilizing insufficient return-to-play policies
- Failing to issue/manufacture proper safety equipment
- Failing to warn athletes of the risks and symptoms of concussions
A concussion is scientifically categorized as a traumatic brain injury,
yet for years, many sports organizations and individuals have failed to
treat it with the seriousness it deserves. If an athlete was to suffer
a mild heart attack, a sports trainer or coach would never consider allowing
a heart-attack victim to participate in sports without a satisfactory
recovery. Yet, when the brain is injured, many do not treat it as a similarly
Long-Term Risks Associated with Concussions
Athletes suffering from post-concussion syndrome experience one or more
concussion symptoms for weeks or months following the concussive impact.
The concussed athlete may experience symptoms such as depression, anxiety,
and chronic headaches.
Long-term symptoms of concussion-related injuries include:
- Cognitive decline
- Depression or emotional problems
- Tremors or seizures
- Problems with inhibition and social interactions
- Unusually aggressive behavior
- Irritability and low frustration tolerance
- Memory dysfunction
- Alcoholism or drug addiction
- Chronic or low-grade headaches
Concussions are linked to long-term brain damage and progressive neurodegenerative
disease, namely, increased rates of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia,
cognitive impairment and, most seriously, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
(CTE). CTE results when a toxic protein builds up in the brain, kills
cells, and eventually causes severe depression or dementia. Sometimes
it takes years for the symptoms to appear and the onset may include Parkinson-like
symptoms. Some may experience post-traumatic epileptic seizures.
Find Out What You Can Do for Injured Athletes
When you or a loved one are a former NCAA athlete have suffered concussions
or concussion-like symptoms, it is important to contact one of our sports
injury attorneys at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. so that we can protect
your legal claims.
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