Safety First- Sports and Traumatic Brain InjuryThe notion that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are confined to professional football players is just plain wrong. Many of the athletes who suffer these life-altering injuries are participating in school sports, college athletics, and community leagues. That is why it is so important for parents, players and coaches to educate themselves about brain injuries: the causes, the effects, and the different ways we can prevent such injuries from occurring.

A traumatic brain injury is not necessarily a concussion, thought a concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury. TBIs are any severe or repeated physical contact which causes a blow, jolt, or shaking of the skull, which causes the brain to move about in the skull. TBIs often cause severe cognitive disabilities as well as physical pain and emotional upheaval.

Some of the impact sports that can cause a TBI

Any sport that involves the possibility of physical contact can cause a child, adult, or senior to suffer a TBI. Some of the more common sports and activities that can necessitate emergency room treatment, hospital stays, and long-term therapy include:

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Skiing and other winter sports
  • Bicycling
  • Water sports
  • Riding a skateboard or a scooter
  • Car racing

Traumatic brain injuries often require extensive medical care. To cover all of the medical bills and any lost wages, maximum compensation must be sought from the liable parties. At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we work with physicians, psychologists, and rehabilitation professionals to determine the full long-term care that will be needed. We demand pain and suffering compensation in addition to any out of pocket expenses.

Who is responsible for sports injuries?

Defendants will usually argue that injuries are part of the risk of sports. That is not the case. Court cases and laws now require that schools, school districts, sports organizations, coaches, and supervisors consider how dangerous some sports are. These entities and individuals should make sure that students and athletes:

  • Wear protective athletic equipment
  • Are properly educated about the risks
  • Understand the rules of the sport they are playing
  • Have access to experienced medical personnel
  • Receive proper treatment as per their concussion protocols

Sports organizations and others involved with participants should be trained on the dangers and risks of their respective sports. Warning signs such as fatigue and confusion should not be ignored.

Our Nashville TBI attorneys aggressively fight to hold accountable those people and entities that fail to consider the risks inherent in sports. We demand that athletes of all ages be protected while they play and that they be fully compensated when their safety didn’t come first. The joy of sports must be tempered by the real knowledge that injuries can destroy lives. To speak with one our Gladiators in Suits, please call the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm at 615-246-5549 or complete our contact form to schedule your free consultation with an attorney in our Nashville, Gallatin or Knoxville office.