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Information that an Expert Witness May Explain in Sport Concussion Cases

     By HG.org

Concussion injuries are common when someone plays sports. Because of this, there are many litigation cases that arise through accidents and unintentional harm. It is often important to seek the assistance of both a personal injury lawyer and an expert witness to explain how sport concussions affect the victim of the incident.
There are many symptoms, and the help of a medical expert is usually required immediately after the injury occurs. When the concussion is worse, the person affected may slip into a coma or suffer extensive brain damage. It is also possible that psychological wounds may remain after the physical hurts have been healed.

To fully understand how a concussion affects the victim of the incident, it is important to know what a concussion is and why it harms those that sustain one. Physical force used against someoneís head may lead to swelling, a cracked cranium or brain trauma. When this occurs, the individual may experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, pain and various other symptoms. If the damage is widespread, more severe effects may be discovered. It is essential that medical personnel reveal the correct diagnosis to provide proper care. It is also important to provide the correct steps to keep the victim from slipping into unconsciousness.

Concussion Information

There is so much information available about various medical concerns, but not enough is being applied to individuals when a medical problem arises. The disconnect may be through a lack of technological progress, miscommunication or improper training. There are many questions still being asked about concussion incidents. These primarily concern what the injury is, how the brain is affected, the length of recovery and why it is important to treat a concussion seriously. It was not until recent years that many were even aware that a concussion is not just the event of someone being knocked unconscious. Scientific and medical experts have attempted to correct the lack of knowledge in this area, but the dangers of these issues are still not fully understood by the average person that has no medical background. Because of this, few individuals comprehend what must be done when a victim of an accident has a concussion.

Sports Concussions

The brain is affected through brute force when someone suffers from a concussion. This is usually due to traumatic forces being placed on the head. Various symptoms occur quickly which may restrict the activity of the affected person. This classifies a concussion as an injury to the brain. A loss of consciousness is not necessary or always part of the process. The impact of something or a type of force causes a change in the workings of the brain. As symptoms are usually immediate, it is not uncommon for some to manifest after several minutes or hours. These may include intense headaches, bouts of dizziness, balance issues, visual impairments, mental confusion, loss of temporary memory and many others. Most affected by this condition recover quickly without any assistance.

When someone is playing a sport, he or she may have a traumatic injury to the head that causes a concussion. An expert witness may be necessary to explain the medical consequences when someone has been harmed in this manner. It is not possible to use current medical equipment to detect a concussion, but this does not mean that the sustained damage did not harm the brain. Because of the various symptoms and needed therapy after someoneís head has been hurt in this manner, an expert witness is needed to detail how a sportís injury caused the issue. This may require compensation, penalties applied to a third-party or a civil suit against someone directly if he or she was the reason for the trauma to the head. These actions are most necessary when the athlete is no longer able to play the sport after this type of injury. If the concussion is coupled with brain damage to a degree of impairment, the victim may not be able to lead a normal life afterwards.

After a Concussion and Expert Witness Testimony

After a concussion has been discovered, the athlete should rest and avoid playing sports until the brain and head have had time to heal. Various symptoms may rage throughout the time this restorative rest occurs. Any type of strenuous activity after a concussion often increases healing time and may increase the frequency or severity of symptoms. It is imperative that an expert witness is hired to fully detail what happened to the head, why these injuries are serious and how weeks to months are sometimes needed so that the victim is able to become whole once more.

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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.

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