Concussion Injuries


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Concussion Injuries in Virginia

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Experienced Virginia-Based Concussion Injury Lawyers

A blow to your head can change your life in an instant. In past years, the seriousness of concussions was minimized. Athletes were told to play on. These injuries were dismissed as mild traumatic brain injuries.

We know now the expression ‘mild’ is a misnomer. Concussions can be very serious and extremely dangerous if they are not treated properly. Although you appear to be uninjured, you may experience a wide range of neurological problems.

As experienced Virginia concussion injury lawyers, we are well versed in what you are going through and can help you if somebody caused your injury.


What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow, impact, or jolt to the head or by an impact to the body that causes the head and brain to move violently back and forth. This sudden movement causes the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull. A concussion can cause chemical changes in the brain and can stretch and damage brain cells.

A concussion is classified as a “mild” brain injury by medical providers because the injury is usually not life-threatening. However, the effects of a concussion can be serious, states Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion?

People who have a concussion may show the following signs:

·       They appear stunned or dazed;
·       They are unable to recall events before or after a hit or fall.
·       A concussion sufferer may quickly forget an instruction, or be confused about a basic command on the sports field. He or she may not know the score or what is going on.
·       Clumsy movement
·       Questions are answered very slowly.
·       Brief loss of consciousness.
·       Mood, behavior, or personality changes.


Symptoms of a Concussion

·       A Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head;
·       Feeling down or out of sorts;
·       Nausea or vomiting;
·       Dilated pupils or uneven pupils;
·       Double vision, dizziness, blurry vision or balance issues;
·       Sensitivity to light or noise;
·       A feeling of sluggishness or grogginess;
·       Memory problems or difficulty concentrating.

Often signs and symptoms of a concussion will not show up until hours after the blow to the head. There is a temptation to dismiss the injury and to believe it’s behind you.  In the first few minutes after a blow to the head on the sports field, a child or teen might be a little confused or dazed. An hour later your child might still not be able to remember how he or she got hurt.

Make sure to check for signs of concussion immediately after the injury and a few days after the injury. If your symptoms or those of a child do not go away after a few days, visit the emergency room.

Long Term Complications Associated with Concussion Injuries in Virginia

If a concussion injury lingers it can impact your quality of life and your long-term well-being. Our Hampton brain injury attorneys are familiar with the lasting effects of a concussion. They may include:

·       Concentration difficulties;
·       Poor memory;
·       Balance and coordination issues;
·       Problems with judgment and acting appropriately;
·       Personality changes and mood swings;
·       Problems sleeping;
·       Headaches during prolonged periods of concentration or work;
·       Loss of a job;
·       Epilepsy;
·       Depression.


Concussion in Virginia Athletes

Virginia has enacted stringent rules to tackle concussions in student athletes. Failure by coaches to adhere to these rules may result in lawsuits being filed against school districts or colleges.

The guidelines, policies and procedures on concussions are set out in the Code of Virginia 22.1-271.5.

Under the code, the Board of Education must develop and distribute to each school division guidelines on policies that inform and educate coaches, student-athletes, and their parents or guardians about concussions and their risks and dangers.

These rules must contain criteria for the removal and return to play of athletes. They must stress the dangers of not reporting the injury and allowing athletes to play on post-concussion.

Each local school division must develop its own policies and procedures over the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student-athletes.

Under the Virginia concussion policy, a student-athlete believed by his or her coach, athletic trainer, or team physician to have sustained a concussion or brain injury should be removed from the activity.

 When a student-athlete is removed from play because he or she is suspected of having a concussion the athlete should not be allowed to return to play on the same day or until evaluated by an appropriate licensed doctor as determined by the Board of Education.

The athlete may only return to play when he or she receives a written clearance to return to play from the licensed health care provider.

Contact an Experienced Virginia-Based Concussion Injury Lawyer

If you suffer a concussion and someone else is to blame you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. It’s important to hire an attorney with detailed knowledge about brain injuries. Call the Smith Law Center today at 757.244.7000.



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