Saturday, 24 of June of 2017

Even A Single Concussion Can Cause Lifelong Damage

By Mark Favaloro, VA/NC Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

According to a recent study commissioned by the Medical School at NYU, even a single concussion can be enough to cause lasting damage to a brain. Researchers say that even one traumatic brain event can cause impact that leads to long-term structural damage.

The study also discovered that patients who suffered from a concussion or other mild traumatic brain injuries, even just one, had significant damage to certain portions of their brain that was detected even a year after the initial injury.

Researchers used an MRI machine to map patients’ brains soon after an injury, about one to two months later, and then again a year after the injury. After 12 months had passed, researchers were surprised to find a noticeable difference in patients’ brain volume as well as structural damage to certain areas of the brain. Though they are not sure exactly what these structural changes might mean, doctors have pointed out that the areas with the damage are often associated with depression in patients.

The worry among doctors and researchers is that concussions are incredibly common, especially among athletes, and news that even one event could lead to lasting problem troubles many concerned about players’ safety. The numbers are truly troubling given that each year 1.7 million people across the country suffer from a traumatic brain injury, according to the CDC.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, even just one concussion, it is important that those suffering from a head injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed. Children especially should be taken to see their primary care physician and not be allowed to return to their athletics until they’ve been given the go ahead by a doctor. I understand the special risks faced by young athletes and my firm has experience handling complicated cases involving sports injuries.

If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Potentially Helpful Legal Information:

Though everyone already knows that professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, especially concussions, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain cases. Car crashes are one common situation where average people are at risk for a TBI. If you’ve suffered such an injury and have questions about how to move forward, it’s important to reach out to an experienced Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney who has experience handling such cases. My firm has successfully settled numerous cases for people who have suffered a debilitating brain injury.

In one case, my firm was able to secure a $21 million settlement for the family of a boy who suffered a severe brain injury after his family’s car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer while stopped at a red light. Though the money does not come close to healing the pain suffered by the family, it will allow them to get back on their feet and out from under their enormous medical bills.

Got Questions? Check Out Our FAQs 

If you, or someone you love, have suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried about what to do next. You might be wondering about possible long-term damage from TBI, the impact of a diagnosis on your case and what things you need to prove to successfully prosecute a head injury case.

For answers to these questions and many more, check out my firm’s FAQs regarding brain injuries where our attorneys answer important questions about brain injury related claims for compensation.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.