News outlets across the country reported this weekend that former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez, suffered from a severe case of Chronic Tramatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is brain degeneration caused by repeated head trauma. The prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in professional sports like football has helped to shine a spotlight on these injuries in youth sports, but did you know that sports are NOT the leading cause of brain injury for teens aged 15 to 19?
A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that the most common mechanism for traumatic brain injury resulting in an emergency department visit, hospitalization, and/or death for teens 15 and older were motor vehicle crashes.
If your child has been involved in a crash, it is important to watch for symptoms of head injury, because while immediate and sustained loss of consciousness is a good indicator of a potential TBI, there is growing consensus in the scientific community that a head injury can result even where the loss of consciousness is brief or nonexistent.
Symptoms of TBI may be subtle and not immediately apparent. The most common symptoms which appear right away include headache, confusion, and memory loss, which may or may not accompany loss of consciousness.
If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident, it is important to watch for signs and symptoms of TBI and to get timely medical attention, which may require a trip to the emergency room. The signs to watch for include:
- Loss of consciousness for ANY period of time
- Headache or sensation of pressure in the head
- Change in pupil size
- Amnesia for the time surrounding the accident
- Poor physical coordination
- Slurred speech or delayed response to questions
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Dizziness or seeing stars
- Confusion or disorientation
- Changes in mood or behavior, irritability
- Nausea or vomiting
- Bruising or swelling of the face or head
- Impaired sense of vision, smell, or taste
- Light and sound sensitivity
If you or a family member has suffered a head injury or other serious injury in a car accident caused by another person, the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. are available to discuss your legal rights and avenues for recovery. Call us at 719.634.0102 or click on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.