When you are in an accident and suffer a head injury, it is possible you have suffered a brain injury. The consequences may affect the rest of your life.
The most common form of brain injury is a concussion, a condition created when the brain is bruised or injured. To suffer a concussion, you need not lose consciousness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), leading causes of brain injuries include:
- Traffic accidents
- Being struck in the head, or striking the head against an object
Awareness of the long-term danger of concussion has risen with reports of the class action lawsuit filed against the National Football League (NFL) by former players who suffer disabling conditions like Alzheimer’s’ disease, dementia and other disorders as a result of taking repeated hits to the head during their playing careers. That lawsuit was recently settled for $765 million.
The danger of concussion has trickled down to questioning the safety of high school and even middle school sports. Better regulations and decisions take place when more parents and others are aware of the serious injury that can occur after even one hit to the head.