If your child plays sports or regularly participates in recreational activities, you should know that a sports-related concussion can occur. In university and professional athletics programs, sports-related concussions also occur. Athletes can suffer long-term consequences as a result of these traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including the degenerative brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
According to a study in the North Carolina Medical Journal, “concussions are an inherent part of collision sports such as football and soccer,” but this does not mean that these serious brain injuries cannot be prevented.
Coaches, team owners, and other parties have a duty to take preventive measures when it comes to sports-related concussions and to ensure that athletes do not prematurely return to the field after suffering a concussion. If you or someone you love sustained a sports-related concussion, you may be eligible to file a claim. As an experienced Ohio brain injury lawyer, I can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Get the Facts About Sports-Related Concussions
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) provides some of the following information about sports-related concussions:
- Sports-related concussions and other TBIs temporarily impair brain functions;
- Patients with sports-related concussion may have difficult with issues of memory, speech, balance, and coordination;
- Concussions typically heal in seven to 10 days, but symptoms can linger;
- Once an athlete has suffered a sports-related concussion, that athlete is more likely to sustain another concussion;
- Repeat sports-related concussions have long-term implications and can sometimes result in death; and
- Certain sports have higher rates of concussions, including football, ice hockey, and soccer.
Sports Concussion Protocols
Concussion prevention methods must be in place for all contact sports, and teams must abide by certain concussion protocols to prevent additional harm. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about return to daily activities and return to play. When teams do not follow concussion safety protocols, they may be liable for harm.
Timeline for Filing a Sports-Related Concussion Claim in Cleveland
If you need to file a lawsuit for a sports-related concussion, Ohio law limits the amount of time you have to do so. I want to make sure you get your claim filed on time. Under Ohio law, most brain injury lawsuits need to get filed within two years from the date of the injury.
If your claim is not filed within that time window, you will have a time-barred claim, and there is likely nothing that I can do to change that. However, if you get in touch with me as soon as possible, I can make sure you do not miss your chance to file a lawsuit.
Contact a Cleveland Concussion Lawyer for Help
As an experienced Cleveland catastrophic injury lawyer, I know how devastating a concussion or another type of traumatic brain injury can be. I also know that multiple concussions can result in life-long injuries for athletes, and I want to make sure we hold the responsible parties accountable.
When it comes to sports and brain injuries, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Give me a call today at 877.944.4373 to find out more about how I can help you seek compensation after a sports-related head injury.