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Brain Injuries: The Biggest Threat of Contact Sports

The term concussion refers to the mental alteration resulting from a head impact or brain injury which may also include the loss of consciousness. Concussions are hard to diagnose because symptoms are not visible until hours later when after-effects become serious resulting in brain injuries. Unfortunately, there is not yet a method to help recognize with certainty the existence of a concussion, however, learning to recognize the symptoms avoids more serious consequences.

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Sports and recreational activities are among the leading causes of concussions due to the aggressiveness when performed. Nearly 300,000 concussions are reported annually in high schools across the country as a result of contact sports (FitzRoy, 2012). The most at risk age group for these type of injuries are patients between five and 18-years-old (Adler and Carter, 2018), the most affected are young athletes. During high-school competition-games, players tend to minimize or not report their symptoms clearly when they suffer a head-on impact. The problem worsens when players return to play (RTP) thus deteriorating the state of the previously-originated concussion. Failure to recognize concussion symptoms might result in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Even when a concussion is considered mild, it will undoubtedly cause functional deficiencies especially in young brains in the state of development (Adler & Carter, 2018).

Symptoms of Concussion
According to Chicago neurologist Felise S. Zollman, the observable signs of concussions include:
• Instability when running or walking
• Dazed or blank look
• Confusion
• Decreased speech
• Slow responses to questions or brief amnesia

Traumatic loss of consciousness can also occur as part of a concussion but it is not a defining clinical feature, and it is usually brief.
Belated symptoms include:
• headaches
• mental confusion
• dizziness
• visual symptoms
• nausea

A cognitive-related symptom is the difficulty in concentration and manifests itself days after a concussion, particularly when the athlete returns to academic or vocational activities.

Dangerous contact sports
Any sport in which the head is exposed to direct contact, collisions, impacts on the ground or impacts with another player’s body, runs the risk of suffering a concussion. Among the sports with highest risks are football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, ice hockey and boxing (Zollman, 2016). Protective helmets prevent concussions related to hard-surface impacts however, not all sports require it.

Legal Regulations
The Zackery Lystedt Law, approved by the Senate in 2009 states that, “A youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury must be removed from practice or game.” Removing the player from the action when a brain injury is suspected prevents the risk of a second impact syndrome (SIS) and averts lengthening the recovery process of the athlete (Adler & Carter, 2018). The law was named after the case of Zachery Lystedt, a 13-year-old football player who suffered a brain injury caused by SIS. The Florida High School Athletics Association also ruled that student-athletes who show signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion must be immediately discontinue playing until a health professional determines that he or she is out of danger.

Additionally, state laws in Florida require high-schools to take measures to prevent brain injuries in athletes. According to Florida Statute 943.0438.7.2, high-schools must create regulations to train coaches, support staff, parents of athletes, guardians, and athletes themselves about the risks and consequences of concussions. The Florida statutes also require parents of children who play in competitions to sign an informed consent confirming to be aware of the implications of a TBI in young athletes.

Laws do not prevent sports concussions, but they will help to prevent the incidence of SIS allowing the athlete to properly recover. The use of protective equipment, the appropriate training on the subject, and the rigorous follow-up of laws and regulations are a great support. School districts and private sports leagues are required to comply with all regulations, and they will be legally responsible if they fail to abide them.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a brain injury caused by sports league related negligence, it is important to consult with a Board Certified Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you.

Pensacola Personal Injury Attorney, Joe Zarzaur works in all areas of personal injury including brain injuries, motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle and boating accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall and wrongful death. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com. Offices in Pensacola and Destin, Florida.

Sources:

Adler, R. H. & Carter M.D. (2018, January). Fumbling: Preventable brain injuries. Trial: American Association for Justice, 34-38.

Department of Law Enforcement, 2017 Fla. § 943.0438.7.2 (2017) Retrieved from http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?mode=View%20Statutes&SubMenu=1&App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=concussions&URL=0900-0999/0943/Sections/0943.0438.html

FitzRoy, M. (2012, August 10). New Florida law protects young athletes recovering from concussions. The Florida Times Union. Retrieved from http://www.jacksonville.com/article/20120810/NEWS/801249076
Florida High School Athletic Association handbook (2017) Policy 40: Concussions. Bylaws of the Florida High School Athletic Association, Inc. 2017-18 Amended Edition.

Requiring the adoption of policies for the management of concussion and head injury in youth sports Act of 2009, S.1824, 61st (2009)

Zollman, F. S. (2016). Manual of Traumatic Brain Injury : Assessment and Management. New York: Demos Medical.

Pensacola Product Liability: Ikea Recalls 29 Million Dressers and Chests

Pensacola Personal Injury LawyerAt least six children have been crushed to death by toppling Ikea chests, prompting the voluntary recall of about 29 million chests and dressers sold by the popular retailer, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. Pensacola product Liability Lawyer, Joe Zarzaur explains the products recalled include dressers from Ikea’s lower-cost Malm line, which has been plagued with consumer reports regarding injuries and deaths.

Ikea and the CPSC told ABC that at least 36 children have been injured by Ikea chests and dressers, which are prone to tip over when they aren’t anchored to the wall. The deaths — all children under the age of 4 — date back to 1989 and are as recent as this February, the CPSC said.

The company is offering a refund or repair kit for affected dressers, including the MALM and other styles, the CPSC said. Further details were not immediately available. Furniture manufactured between 2002 and 2016 will entitle customers to a full refund; consumers can receive a partial store credit for items manufactured before 2002.

Pensacola Personal Injury LawyerUpon request, the company will send a crew to install the wall anchor for customers who don’t want to do it themselves, the CPSC said. In the meantime, the CPSC is encouraging consumers to store the dresser where children won’t have access to it. At least four of the deaths were the result of unanchored chests.

In a statement regarding the voluntary recall, Ikea said that “a child in the US dies every two weeks from furniture, appliances, or TVs tipping over,” stressing that it instituted a repair kit program last year “to communicate the importance of wall attachment, which resulted in the distribution of 300,000 kits to consumers who had not used their original hardware.”

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law and Pensacola product liability lawyer, has created this  blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Board Certified Lawyer Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced a product malfunction, auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury lawyer.

“Since then, we have been in close contact with the CPSC to evaluate the success of the repair program and the impact it is having on consumers’ actions. We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child,” the statement said, referring to the number of children killed by MALM dressers. Three other children have been killed by other-style IKEA chests.

“It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers’ homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do,” Ikea continued in the statement. “We will continue to work collaboratively with the CPSC on tip-over prevention, development of the ASTM standard, and innovations that will enhance product safety and further reduce the risk of tip-overs.”

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Some childhood injuries – bumps, cuts, and bruises – are a part of growing up. But if your child was hurt, you deserve answers. In cases of a serious accident resulting in substantial medical care or lasting impairment, you may need a Pensacola product liability lawyer or child accident lawyer to help get the financial compensation your family needs.

Zarzaur Law Firm can investigate the accident that caused your child’s injury. If it was a preventable accident, we can help you see to it that the responsible party is held liable under Florida personal injury or wrongful death laws. We can help you deal with the financial consequences of your child’s accident and provide further compassion and support as you deal with the emotional aspects of your child’s case.

Pensacola Child Accident Attorney: Common Accidents

Pensacola child accident lawyerPensacola Child Accident Attorney: Accidents Involving Children, More Common Than You Think

Children are more susceptible than adults to being injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says injuries in accidents are the leading cause of death for children age 19 and younger. If your child was hurt, you deserve answers. In cases of a serious accident resulting in substantial medical care or lasting impairment, you may need a Pensacola child accident lawyer to help get the financial compensation your family needs.

The CDC says that nearly nine million children are seen in emergency departments for injuries each year, and more than 9,000 children die as a result of being injured.

The estimated annual cost of injuries from accidents involving children in the United States is nearly $11.5 billion.

According to the CDC, in 2009 more than 9,000 U.S. children died from injuries. Accidents and death involving children happen all the time, despite parents childproofing and safety efforts. Read Pensacola injury lawyer Joe Zarzaur’s list of the most common accidents involving children below…

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The CDC says the most common injury-producing accidents involving children are:

  • Falls – Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for children. Falls on the playground are a common cause of injury, as are falls in the home, such as a fall on stairs. Common playground injuries include fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations and  amputations. About 75 percent of nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occur on public playgrounds, the CDC says.
  • Car accidents Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. More than two-thirds of fatally injured children were killed while riding with a drinking driver, the CDC says. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.
  • Burns – Younger children who suffer burns are more likely to have been injured by hot liquids or steam that cause scald burns, such as by pulling a pot off of a stove or by bath water that is too hot. Older children are more likely to be burned by direct contact with open flame or fire.
  • Drowning – Three children die every day as a result of drowning, and drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages one to four. Children can be drawn to swimming pools, decorative ponds and other water features with tragic results. Property owners have an obligation to secure these areas from unauthorized entry.
  • Suffocation – Infants are most at risk for suffocation while sleeping. Toddlers are more likely to suffocate from choking on food and other objects, such as small toys.
  • Poisoning – More than 300 children are treated in emergency rooms as a result of being poisoned every day, and two die, the CDC says. Numerous household items are poisonous and should be properly secured from active, curious children.
  • Sports and Recreation – More than 2.6 million children are treated in emergency rooms each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. Coaches and other recreation supervisors have a responsibility to ensure children wear protective gear, are sufficiently trained for the activity undertaken, and are not mismatched with significantly larger children in contact sports. Recreation supervisors must also be mindful of hot weather and allow appropriate rest and water breaks.

Some childhood injuries – bumps, cuts, and bruises – are a part of growing up. But if your child was hurt, you deserve answers. In cases of a serious accident resulting in substantial medical care or lasting impairment, you may need a Pensacola child accident lawyer to help get the financial compensation your family needs.

Zarzaur Law Firm can investigate the accident that caused your child’s injury. If it was a preventable accident, we can help you see to it that the responsible party is held liable under Florida personal injury or wrongful death laws. We can help you deal with the financial consequences of your child’s accident and provide further compassion and support as you deal with the emotional aspects of your child’s case.

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law and Pensacola child accident lawyer, has created this  blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Board Certified Lawyer Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury lawyer.

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