One of the main things that parents worry about, particularly if their kids play sports, is their child getting injured. One of the scariest types of injuries a child can sustain is a brain injury. The CDC tells us that 283,000 children under the age of 18 go to the ER each year for sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we understand those brain injuries, whether minor or severe, are scary and can be costly. If you need a Seattle brain injury attorney because another person’s negligence caused a loved one harm, we are standing by to help.
Concussions Are TBIs
Children aged 10-17 have the highest rates of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that are treated in the ER and males sustain them at twice the rate of females.
- Concussions are traumatic brain injuries
What many people do not realize is that a mild TBI (concussion) can turn into a major TBI if a person does not receive necessary treatment or does not fully heal before returning to vigorous activity.
“I still have kids who present late for concussions. I still have kids who have more serious symptoms that didn’t get attention as early as I would like,” says Michael Erickson, a sports medicine doctor. Each year, there are around 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions. These must be taken seriously by parents and coaches to ensure the situation does not get worse.
We know that more than 5.3 million people live with disabilities caused by TBIs in the United States. Serious TBIs commonly occur due to:
- Car accidents
- Firearms incidents
- Sports incidents
- Falls and falling objects
- And other violence
When a person suffers from a TBI, they commonly deal with short or long-term disabilities. This can include cognitive, speech, and mobility problems as well as serious emotional and psychological damage. Not only will the victim be affected, but their families will be living through this as well.
The costs of these injuries can become tremendous. Not only will a person be dealing with the initial medical costs, but they will also contend with the following:
- Cost of rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Home or vehicle accommodations
- Lost wages and benefits if the victim cannot work
- Any necessary in-home care or medical equipment
Moving Forward From Here
The last thing anyone plans on having to deal with is a brain injury, regardless of the severity. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to step in and help if another person’s negligence has caused you or a loved one harm. We want to ensure that you receive compensation for the following:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible