The NFL season is half over and college football season is hitting its stretch run, but while the Mountaineers’ and the Thundering Herd’s regular seasons are ending soon, the investigation regarding head injuries sustained playing America’s game will continue. Our collective consciousness has been raised considerably over the past year due to the severity of injuries sustained by players and the news stories that have come out regarding the long-term effects of repeated concussions. The concern has extended to the youth levels of the sport, where West Virginia University Medical School’s own chairman of neurosurgery Dr. Julian Bailes has become the chairman of Pop Warner’s national medical board. The board is tasked with ensuring that the league’s rules are preserving the safety of the children who play Pop Warner football.
While football gets most of the press in the discussion about the dangers of concussions and brain trauma, there are many people who sustain brain injuries off the gridiron. Car accidents, slip and falls, and workplace mishaps can, and in many instances do result in serious brain injuries. Brain trauma can have a significant negative impact on a victim’s life after they have suffered the injury. Chronic headaches, memory loss and changes in the victim’s personality are just some of these adverse effects.
Whether you or someone you know has sustained a traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own, you should consult a West Virginia brain injury attorney as soon as possible. While not every brain injury gives rise to legal liability, a trained lawyer can evaluate the circumstances leading to your trauma and explain your rights and options. If the facts of your injury constitute a strong legal case, an attorney serves as an invaluable resource and advocate who can help get you compensated for the damages you have already suffered and will continue to suffer.