The recent settlement by the NFL of a class action suit regarding concussions and football has focused attention, once again, on the links between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and all manner of serious, degenerative neurological problems. Our firm sees people every day who have suffered brain injuries due to the negligent act of someone else, and some of our clients have had symptoms that rival the worst NFL cases that have been spotlighted in the news coverage.
TBI can lead to problems as diverse as loss of balance, speech and language difficulties, memory impairment, seizures, psychotic disorders, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s. And how much trauma to the brain is necessary for these adverse results to appear will vary from individual to individual. We are all unique when it comes to our vulnerability to TBI. One thing is clear, however: millions of people suffer brain injury of one sort or another each year. In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million emergency department visits for TBI-related cases.
Our firm has represented clients who suffered brain injury in motor vehicle accidents, nursing home falls, construction site accidents, and airplane crashes, just to name a few examples. Some clients were left with very specific injuries/symptoms resulting from the trauma, like ringing in the ears or a sensitivity to light. Others had much more wide-ranging consequences, such as early-onset dementia. The neurological damage resulting from brain trauma can be significant, and worsen over time. It is also cumulative, meaning that someone who has already suffered one or more concussions is at greater risk of a serious TBI due to trauma.
If you or someone you know has suffered an insult to the head in an accident of some kind, it is important that they consult a neurologist to investigate the possibility of TBI. And even if they never played pro football, we may be able to help them get compensation for their injury.