Saturday, 24 of June of 2017

Women’s Soccer League Admits It Mishandled Player’s Concussion

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia (VA) Brain Injury Attorney

Earlier this month the National Women’s Soccer League did a surprising thing; it admitted that it made a mistake when dealing with an athlete’s recent head injury. The statement issued by the NWSL involved a blow to the head suffered by Western New York Flash player, Abby Wambach. Wambach was hit directly in the head by a fast moving soccer ball on April 20th and many wondered at the time whether she suffered a concussion. For 11 days after, the team denied there was any trouble or that it had ever done anything incorrectly.

Finally, at the beginning of the month, the group admitted that Wambach did in fact sustain a concussion. The NWSL also copped to the fact that the league made a mistake by not having medical personnel come onto the field and examine Wambach immediately after the incident. The NWSL said it would use this episode as a learning opportunity to better educate officials and players about the risks posed by head injures.

Though the NWSL agreed it made a mistake on the field, it said team doctors took proper care when Wambach returned to the locker-room. After she was done showering, a doctor and a trainer examined her and determined she had symptoms of a concussion. When she arrived home she was monitored daily by doctors and continued showing concussion symptoms for another four days until her baseline concussion test results matched those from two years ago.

At that point, Wambach was allowed to start her return to play procedures which require a week of gradual increases in training. She is now back to playing and appears to be fine.

Experts say the decision by the NWSL to admit to a mistake is important and hope that it sets a positive tone for other athletic organizations, especially those like soccer with a substantial number of female players. Previous studies have found that girls suffer concussions at a higher rate than boys and recover more slowly from head injuries.

Though everyone 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.

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.

Here’s a video where one of our attorneys, Mark Favaloro, discusses the dangers of closed head injuries such as concussions: