CDC Knows — Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be Devastating

Recently, we posted on the serious dangers of what is called mild traumatic brain injury. These injuries are not visible on an MRI, but can cause life long impairments in adults and children. Now the CDC has issued a statement that even mild traumatic brain injuries can result in life-long impairments.

As brain injury lawyers having represented the victims of MTBI, we are well-aware of the dangers of these injuries and the need for the public to be aware of them. As noted by the CDC, “symptoms may appear mild, but the injury can lead to significant life-long impairment affecting an individual′s memory, behavior, learning, and/or emotions.”

The CDC’s statement about these brain injuries was part of a release of some sobering statistics about US youth and brain trauma. The CDC reports that over the past decade, head injuries resulting in emergency room visits have risen by 60 percent. These head injuries are mainly due to accidents involving kids playing football, soccer, and basketball, riding bicycles and playground activities.

As California personal injury attorneys , we are very aware of the devastating effects these injuries can have. And the numbers are rising. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2001 there were over 150,000 cases of traumatic brain injury in American youth. But the numbers climbed to nearly 250,000 in 2009.

The agency attributes this rise in head injury emergency room visits to greater awareness for both parents and sports coaches who now know that these injuries can be subtle and devastating at the same time. Perhaps the recent press reports regarding the long-term impact of these injuries for professional football players, for example, have also raised awareness.

The CDC also notes that children are more vulnerable to these injuries due to the chemical changes that occur in the developing brain after an injury. The majority of these injuries are occurring in boys. The primary age span is from 10 years to 19 years of age. Not surprisingly, boys are getting injured with more frequency in football and girls in soccer.

Football accounts for nearly 60 percent of the deaths that have resulted from traumatic injuries over the past 20 years. Over ten percent of the deaths that resulted from football were said to have been caused by kids going back into a game after a concussion. This has led over 20 states to require students to stay out of games after a head injury to ensure for their safe return to the field.

The San Francisco, California injury law firm of Hersh & Hersh provides free consultations with one of our experienced attorneys to evaluate your potential case. If you or your child have been injured and believe you might have suffered any form of traumatic brain injury, please contact our law firm to talk with us about your situation.