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Football Isn’t the Only Sport Where Players Get Concussions

Published on Apr 3, 2018 at 2:04 pm in Brain Injury.

Many people associate football with concussions, and how couldn’t they? The entire game is focused on tackling players. While the N.F.L.’s research that downplays the occurrence of concussions has earned plenty of scrutiny, people are at least aware of the connection between this sport and head injuries.

The impact from tackling in football can cause concussions, but there are plenty of other sports and situations where one can get a traumatic brain injury. If you’ve been injured and have a concussion, a Louisville brain injury lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help you get compensation for your injuries. We understand how severe brain injuries can affect you and your life. We’re ready to fight for your rights and get you a favorable settlement.

What Other Sports Cause Concussions?

Football may be the most well-known sport to cause concussions, but any athletes that play contact sports are at risk. While most contact sports require protective gear, this isn’t always the case. Other contact sports that cause concussions are:

  • Ice Hockey.
  • Boxing.
  • Martial Arts.

Non-contact sports aren’t automatically safe, either. Basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, swimming, and cheerleading are non-contact sports but players can still collide.

This doesn’t only affect professional athletes. Kids in from elementary school to college age young adults will probably participate in at least one of these sports once in their lifetime. Some may stick with a couple and continually play them each year. When young kids get brain injuries, it can affect their development and growth.

What Else Causes Concussions?

Sports aren’t the only way for people to get concussions. Unfortunately, car accidents can lead to injuries that include concussions. The sudden impact of a car accident can make your head quickly hit the window or the windshield.

After a car accident, it’s important to get medical attention as soon as possible. You may even believe you don’t have any injuries and are completely fine, but this isn’t always the case. A car accident is a traumatic experience and will most likely cause you to be in shock. This shock can mask signs and symptoms of injuries. If you don’t go to a doctor quickly, your injuries could worsen, meaning you could end up with chronic pain or have a longer road to recovery. You may also not get full compensation for your injuries because you didn’t see a doctor in a timely manner.

Or you may go to the doctor and discover that you do have a concussion and need to rest. It’s common for people who were in car accidents to feel pressure to downplay the severity of their injuries and return to work before they’re physically ready. They’re worried about their boss or colleagues judging them for missing work. Don’t go back to work until you speak with your doctor and are ready to return. Going back too early could worsen your injuries, which would prolong your actual return to work. Not listening to your doctor could also affect your compensation for future care.

Whether you get a traumatic brain injury from a sport or a car accident, you have to take care of yourself. While seeing a doctor will help you recover physically, a brain injury lawyer can help you heal financially. The lawyers at Thomas Law Offices will hold the people responsible for their actions and work so you can receive benefits for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses.

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Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

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