Head injuries have become a hot topic recently in not only legal circles but also in the medical community. If you have a serious head trauma it would also be wise to retain the services of a good brain injury lawyer to make sure that your rights are protected. This is because of the large numbers of people who have been diagnosed with trauma but received no help. The numbers are truly staggering. These numbers include soldiers returning from deployments overseas who have suffered head injury induced by exposure to improvised explosive devices to participants in professional sports who received severe and repeated concussions.
The medical conclusions of a concussion study done by the NFL, which took two decades to complete, was initially denied by the board of directors of the NFL. The study initially concluded that there was indeed a major link between playing professional football and cognitive damage from concussion. After the study was published in several medical journals the NFL used it resources and financial clout to try and discredit not only the scientists that did the research but also their conclusions. The league then used flawed research data to minimize the dangers of head injuries in game play. They also employed an aggressive PR campaign to try and keep the general public unaware of the true risks and dangers of playing the game. This whitewash of the initial report was used in effect to save a few bucks. It did not work. In 2013 4,500 ex-players filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL alleging the league used this fraudulent research to lie about and hide the connection between football and cerebral damage. The players used a brain injury lawyer as an expert in their case. In August of this year the NFL settled the suit for $765 Million.
Head injuries come in several types. There are open wound injuries, where some object penetrates the skin and the skull in a fall or head strike, and then there are injuries that are not so physically obvious. This type of injury is usually caused by a concussion or repeated concussions.
Concussions can cause serious problems that are usually not immediately apparent to the victim. They can and often do result in cognitive loss, changes in social and emotional behavior and memory loss. In severe case they can even lead to permanent disability and death.
If you are the victim of a head or cerebral injury it is very important that the first step you take is to have a thorough medical exam to determine what kind of damage you have sustained. After that an evaluation by a qualified neurologist would be in order. The neurologist will be able to document the neurological effects of the damage and the potential long-term effects it will have on you life.
After these steps it would be wise to contact a brain injury lawyer to discuss the options you have of recovering compensation for your injuries from the party or parties that caused the damage. Although many people have a problem with filing a lawsuit it is unfortunately most times the only way that many people will take responsibility for their actions.