Concussions In Sports

On this site, head injuries are discussed extensively, given that various types of head injuries (including concussions and traumatic brain injuries) are seen in personal injury lawsuits.  These various types of head injuries are often seen in accidents such as vehicle accidents and work accidents.  However, head injuries in sports has been receiving increasing attention, given a variety of developments, including medical research that indicates that even seemingly minor repetitive head impacts can be detrimental to one’s long-term health.  As well, concussions are receiving tremendous attention, especially given how often such concussions occur in sports, and building recognition that such concussions need to be handled as serious medical developments if one is to prevent further potential short-term and long-term damage to one’s health.

While concussions in football has recently received much attention, there are many sports in which repetitive head impacts and concussions are common.  One of those sports is hockey.  The “Long-Term Health Consequences Of Repeated Head Impacts” page discusses a personal injury lawsuit filed by Steve Montador’s family against the NHL, making various claims.  Montador received a number of concussions during his NHL career, and was diagnosed as having chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

A December 18, 2015 New York Times article titled “Women’s Hockey Grows Bigger, Faster and Dire” discusses various aspects of women’s hockey as it pertains to concussions.  A number of players’ conditions are discussed with regard to concussions and the impact these concussions have on these players’ health and the longevity of their sports careers.

An excerpt from the article:

An eight-year study released this year by the International Ice Hockey Federation analyzed women’s hockey injuries at the world championships and the Olympics. It found that concussions were the third-most-common injury (15.5 percent), behind contusions (28 percent) and sprains (20.8 percent).

A 2014 summary of self-reported concussions among N.C.A.A. student-athletes said that women’s hockey had the largest percentage of players who had experienced at least one concussion, at 20.9 percent.

The article also mentions some of the long-term concussion symptoms that various players experience, as well as some of the treatments these players have pursued.

One of the aspects of concussions, as noted in the article, is the lack of statistics and studies that focus on women’s hockey.  This lack of information is a common aspect regarding concussions and other head impacts in sports.

It is recommended that following an accident or significant head impact that one get a thorough medical evaluation.  There are many reasons for this, encompassing those from both a legal and health-related basis.

From a health perspective, there have been many instances where people are involved in accidents or sports activities where they incur serious injuries, yet the injury symptoms aren’t immediately apparent.  This can be the case for head injuries.

Head trauma and any associated brain injuries are among those types of injuries in which symptoms may not immediately manifest.  As stated in the Mayo Clinic’s Traumatic Brain Injury page under “Symptoms”:

Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later.

If you have been injured in an accident, or are hurt because of the negligence of others, it is important that you speak with an Illinois accident lawyer without delay.  There are various recommended actions one should take to protect your rights and otherwise maximize your potential for injury compensation.

Elman Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for over 20 years.  During this time, we have built a reputation for our court trial performance, and we have achieved many notable verdicts.  This court trial performance has proven valuable to our clients’ monetary awards.

Numerous well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court because of Elman Law Group’s record in court cases. 

To immediately speak directly with Tony Elman, Principal Attorney at the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

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