Many people recognize that a head injury can have serious after effects, but one thing that is not so well-known is that symptoms of lasting damage are not always immediately apparent. Some victims of head trauma may not even see a doctor, thinking it was a harmless knock. It is impossible to predict how many concussions or more serious injuries go undiagnosed and untreated in New York each year, but the victims can be changed for life.
In a bid to raise awareness, a daylong summit was recently held at the White House. President Obama himself admitted that he may have suffered mild concussions a number of times while playing sports. As he pointed out, many others have likely done the same. The summit aimed to educate parents on how to recognize and respond to head injuries in their children.
A $10 million pledge was made by the New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch. The money will go to the BrainSPORT program at UCLA's department of neurosurgery, further evidence of the growing recognition of the seriousness of head injuries. Still, there is a long way to go and countless children across the United States are living with long-term injuries.
Depending on the location and severity of such an injury, victims may be left unable to move freely, they may forget how to read, or perform routine tasks. Some lose their speech, while others suffer complete amnesia, or lose the ability to form new memories. This can put a tremendous burden on them and their families and leave them in need of permanent care.
Parents in New York should be aware of the signs of brain injury and be prepared to seek medical attention immediately. At this distressing time, it is likely that you will face medical bills and perhaps loss of earnings during your or your child’s recovery. An attorney may be able to offer knowledge and guidance to help you decide whether to seek compensation or pursue an insurance payout to support you through your financial and emotional struggles.
Source: NBC News, "President Obama: I've Probably Had 'Mild' Concussions," Linda Carroll, May 29, 2014