When it comes to head injuries suffered in car accidents, sports activities or other incidents, the consequences often depend on whether the victim loses consciousness, and if so, for how long. A brain injury can be mild, traumatic or severe, but regardless of the classification, the victim and his or her family and friends will be affected. Medical professionals in New York and elsewhere measure the severity of brain injuries by the Glasgow Coma Scale.
As this year's National Football League season gets underway, some New York residents and fans around the country debate the issue of concussions and how the steps taken to prevent them affect the game. Of course, getting a concussion and subsequent brain injury is not limited to professional athletes. Players of any age may experience concussions and trauma to the brain can occur in a variety of ways. To prevent significant brain damage, a recent publication has highlighted new recommendations for diagnosing and managing mild brain injuries in children.
College football season is gearing up to start soon on New York campuses and other locations around the nation. NFL preseason games are already underway, as well as youth programs involving children from kindergarten through high school. Despite all the protective gear and safety procedures used in football, it is still a contact sport and injuries are likely to occur, particularly concussions. Experts are concerned that a player may experience a brain injury and not be aware that it has happened.
High school football is a major activity in New York and elsewhere around the nation. Young athletes spend countless hours practicing the sport, culminating under the Friday night lights in stadiums from small towns to major cities. Although protective gear is routinely used and safety procedures are stressed, injuries can often occur. While muscle strains, fractures and broken bones are common, concussions are certainly cause for concern. A player in another state has sued his former school and others for a brain injury he suffered while on the football team.
New York and many other states around the country must utilize snowplows in the winter months to clear their roads and highways. Certainly, specific training must be given to the drivers of such vehicles to ensure safe operations. Unfortunately, a mistake in the operation of a snowplow led to a catastrophic brain injury and other traumas to a man in another state over two years ago. It was reported recently that this state agreed to settle a lawsuit less than two weeks before the trial was scheduled to begin.
All work environments in New York pose safety hazards, regardless of the industry. Many workers do not realize that a traumatic brain injury can be suffered in a seemingly safe workplace. Authorities say that most traumatic brain injuries are caused by work-related falls, and sadly, many of them are fatal. Common causes include wet spills or leakages, uneven surfaces and debris or random objects that cause trip hazards. Damaged stairways and fire escapes also cause fall accidents that result in head trauma.
Construction sites in New York or elsewhere around the country can be hazardous areas, regardless of the size of the facility being constructed. Heavy materials, operating equipment and the locations themselves all contribute to the potential hazards. Construction workers' accidents can result in serious injury and, unfortunately, in some incidents, death. A man recently lost his life in another state following an accident at his workplace.
Concussions and their potential long-term effects have been a topic of discussion in recent months in New York and all across the country. While new headlines may report on the brain injury of a professional football player, the issue reaches into small towns in addition to large cities. Studies continue to show that trauma to the brain due to sports-related injuries occur at every level, from the National Football League down to local youth sports programs.
Many New York residents and others around the country have their children in after-school programs. These programs engage students in a variety of activities after school is done until parents are finished with their work days. One father was shocked to discover that his son had suffered a brain injury while participating in one of these programs.
Millions of children participate in youth football programs in New York and throughout the country. Parents have traditionally encouraged participation in activities like these to foster teamwork, learn discipline and acquire skills. However, concerns at every level of play are becoming more prevalent as the long-term effects of concussions are debated. The mother of a participant in a popular youth sports' league has brought a lawsuit against the organization, claiming her son suffered a brain injury due to their negligence.