Concussion Injuries Lawyer
A concussion is a serious brain injury that occurs when the head is struck by an external force, causing the brain to hit the inner skull. Concussions have gotten wide media attention in recent years because of their prevalence in sports. In fact, sports, car accidents and criminal assaults are the main causes of concussions. Research has produced evidence that concussions, especially repeated concussion injuries, can often lead to serious long-term health problems, like lost brain function and memory loss.
For these and other reasons, Georgia has joined with the other 49 states to enact legislation to raise awareness of the risk of concussion in sports play. The Georgia Return to Play Act (2013 HB 284) became law in 2013. It requires all schools, public recreation departments and other youth athletic organizations to provide information on the nature and risk of concussion. It further offers guidelines for when a youth who suffered a concussion can safely return to play.
No one wants to see a family member injured. However, when it happens, especially a concussion or other closed head injury, you need to seek legal advice from a personal injury attorney like Darrell T. Farr in Stockbridge, GA.
Skilled Legal Help for Post-Concussion Syndrome
Most people who suffer a concussion fully recover in a manner of weeks. However, about 10% suffer from recurring concussion symptoms for months, or even years, after the concussion occurred. This condition is called post-concussion syndrome. To receive a diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome, a person must experience three or more of these symptoms for a long period of time:
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Sensitivity to light and noise
Post-concussion syndrome is less likely in children because their still-developing brain tissue can more easily overcome the trauma. If you or someone you love suffered a concussion from an accident, and especially if the symptoms linger, contact the Law Office of Darrell T. Farr in Stockbridge, GA. He can investigate your claim and determine if you have a cause to seek damages and financial compensation for your injuries.