Anyone who watches professional football, or has kids who play in youth sports, knows that head injuries and concussions have become a very serious medical problem in the United States.
Some cities and towns are taking more active steps to address this problem. For example, the City of Boston has implemented a city ordinance that requires public and private schools, youth sports organizations, after-school athletic programs, and community centers to have concussion training and management procedures in place before teams can take the field. More cities and towns are tackling this problem through efforts designed to protect young athletes from the hazards of head injuries.
But these injuries don’t occur only in sports. Car, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, falling objects at a retail store, slip and fall incidents, accidents at work — head injuries and concussions occur in many different settings. What many people may not know, though, is that concussions can also occur from the acceleration and deceleration forces associated with a whiplash injury, even when there is no direct trauma or impact to the head.
Head injuries and concussions can cause a host of problems, from relatively mild problems like headaches to more severe cognitive problems such as memory loss, impaired attention and speech deficits, to even more severe problems such as depression, extreme mood swings and volatility. While these injuries sometimes get better over a period of weeks or months, the consequences of these injuries can sometimes last much longer. A condition called post-concussive syndrome, or the more serious problems associated with a traumatic brain injury (or TBI), may involve medical and psychological treatment for months or years, extended periods of time out of work, the loss of one’s career, and sometimes the loss of one’s relationships with family and friends.
If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion or a head injury due to an accident — whether at work, on someone else’s property, or on the highway — the attorneys at Keches Law Group, P.C. have handled hundreds of these types of cases and are here to help you navigate the challenging and complex legal landscape to resolve your case.