Decades ago, young Ohio residents who chose to play contact sports may not have been given as stringent of protective gear as children are provided with now when they sign up for football, baseball, and even soccer. That is because medical research has shined a terrifying light on the devastation that concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can impose on those who suffer them. Brain injuries have been linked to progressive diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder that has claimed the lives of many professional football players.
Traumatic brain injuries can be classified as mild to severe. Concussions are considered mild traumatic brain injuries, but even concussions can leave victims with serious and long-term health problems. Some individuals who suffer concussions can develop post-concussion syndrome, a disorder that affects their memory and other cognitive functions.
Individuals with post-concussion syndrome may exhibit problems remembering information, confusion in different settings, and issues with concentration. They may experience pain in the form of headaches and may also suffer from sleep disruptions, changes in their mood, and alterations in how their senses function. For some, these issues may resolve in a matter of weeks, but, for others, the effects of post-concussion syndrome may endure much longer.
A doctor or qualified medical professional should be consulted by anyone who has suffered a head injury, so they may be evaluated for a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Those who have suffered catastrophic injuries are encouraged to learn more about their legal options and rights when it comes to recovering their accident-related damages.