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Increasing Awareness of Concussions in Soccer and other Youth Sports

Written by Tom Crosley
Brain Injuries, Catastrophic Personal Injury

An excellent article on concussions recently appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and I was delighted to see that it was above the fold on the front page of the sports section. As a lawyer who specializes in representing brain injury victims, I have been advocating for years that concussion prevention begins with awareness about the issue.

Many myths about head injuries persist, and these myths pervade our juries too. Among them are that no loss of consciousness means no injury, that getting your “bell rung” is no big deal, and that because “most” people get better, “all” people will get better. Concussions are serious; they’re classified as mild traumatic brain injuries. As with all injuries, mild TBIs affect different people in different ways, and the simple truth is that even mild concussive forces can result in long-term deficits that are anything but mild.

I will be trying a case next month in Houston involving a teen who suffered a brain injury at a trampoline park; however, his injury was much more severe than a concussion since he had a skull fracture and bleeding in the brain. For many trials like this one, I retain some of the top experts in neuroscience to help present the hard science to the jury. I also attend the annual conference of the North American Brain Injury Society each year so I can further my own education and gain new experience with cutting-edge science and brain research.

If you believe that you or a loved one has a legal claim related to a traumatic brain injury – whether it is from recreational activities, a car accident, a workplace incident, or something else – you should consult with a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney who can help you determine your best course of action – and who knows how a brain injury can have far-reaching effects on your personal and professional life.

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