Saturday, 24 of June of 2017

Neurologist Organization Issues New Guidelines Concerning Concussions

By Mark FavaloroVA Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

The American Academy of Neurology recent issued guidelines that outlined how players should be treated in the event of an injury on the field. The new action plan is fairly simple: if there’s a problem, or even a potential problem, remove the player from the game immediately.

The rules state the obvious, that it’s far better to take a player out of the game after a head injury if a concussion cannot definitively be ruled out then it is to take a chance and potentially place that player at risk of sustaining a second, potentially deadly injury.

The organization recommended that state and local legislators take action to implement legislation that would minimize the occurrence of such sports-related injuries given the life-long harm they can cause. The recommendations go even further, saying that state health department should create sports concussion registries that contain medical records of those athletes who have been diagnosed with concussion so doctors can learn more about their long-term impact on brain functioning.

The AAN has also said that coaches should be given training to learn to spot signs of concussions. Coaches should be trained to give memory tests rather than simply looking for signs of dizziness and nausea, which are often not present in concussion cases.

Virginia legislators have taken some action on the subject already, with current law requiring that both parents and student athletes participate in concussion education in public schools throughout the state. Legislators have proposed another bill that is currently before the General Assembly which would require youth sports leagues to implement polices that train parents and young athletes to identify symptoms of concussions.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, 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 allowed to return to their sport until they’ve been given the go ahead by a skilled doctor.

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.

Helpful Info: 

If you have a child that’s suffered a traumatic brain injury, whether on the field or as a result of a car accident, it’s critical that you speak with an experienced Virginia injury attorney. Our firm has successfully handled several cases involving children and traumatic brain injuries, securing sizable settlements that help families get on their feet again following a devastating brain injury.

One such case involved a boy from Virginia Beach who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver. The young boy had headaches as well as other common symptoms of concussions and our firm was able to ensure that the boy and his family got the money they needed to put their lives back together.

Got Questions? 

If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried and full of a million questions. You might be wondering about possible long-term damage from TBI or what things you need to prove to successfully prosecute a head injury case. For those answers 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.

Here’s a video explaining the dangers of head injuries:


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.