Saturday, 24 of June of 2017

Skiers And Snowboarders At Serious Risk For TBI

By Jim Lewis, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

While everyone has heard about the frequent brain injuries seen in sports like football and hockey, many may not realize how common concussions are in sports like skiing and snowboarding.  A recent article in USA Today discussed how common severe brain injuries are in both sports and how, among athletes, brain injuries are seen as part of getting to the top.

A recent study done by the University of New Mexico found that the rate of head injuries more than doubled at a major ski resort in Taos, New Mexico after they began allowing snowboarders on the slope. Without snowboarding, the resort had a head injury rate of 9.3 people per 100,000 visits. Once snowboarders were allowed at the resort the rate jumped dramatically, up to 19.5 people per 100,000.

Many doctors say that while the science of concussions has progressed in the sports, there is still a nonchalant attitude towards brain injuries. The reason given by many is that the sport attracts teens and young adults who believe they are invincible. Additionally, there’s a sense among many that brain injuries are not as serious as broken bones or torn ligaments. The fact that you can’t easily see the harm caused by a serious head injury helps disguise just how damaging they really are.

Researchers are only now beginning to understand the long-term damage caused by such injuries. Studies done on recently deceased former NFL players show that their brains have a significantly higher portion of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which is a degenerative disease seen in those who have endured repeated concussions. The condition can cause dementia, depression and serious memory loss.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Though professional athletes are tough and daring by nature, it’s critical that athletes who have suffered a head injury be smart and avoid continuing to play until they’ve had time to properly heal. Doctors need to check out any injured players, regardless of the sport, and be positive that the brain has recovered before they are subjected to more hard hits. Second injuries can cause lasting trouble, potentially debilitating an athlete for life.

Potentially Helpful Legal Information:

Though professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain cases. Car crashes are one common case 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 deep wounds suffered by the family, it will allow them to pay their enormous medical bills and begin to put their lives back together.

Got Questions? Check Out Our FAQs

If you, or someone you love, have 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, 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.


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.