Football Concussion Protocol and What To Do If Safety Protocols Fail

Thursday, November 10th, 2016 by | Posted In: Personal Injury
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football-concussion-injuryConnecticut youth leagues, high school and college football seasons are in full swing. For many that means grabbing a blanket, some hot chocolate and heading down to the field to cheer on their favorite team. For the athletes, a more looming risk is on the field: a concussion injury.

A concussion is caused by a jolt, bump or blow to the head that causes the brain to twist or bounce around in the skull. This type of injury causes stretching, damage and chemical changes in brain cells.

The National Football League instituted a concussion protocol in 2013 after several football players (in this case employees in worker’s compensation claims) were severely injured after concussion injuries. Most recently, the NFL’s concussion protocol failed Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

For high school athletes, the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation that was enacted July 1, 2014 with the following safety laws for child concussion injuries:

If your child was involved in a sports head injury and you question whether proper concussion protocol was followed, call our office. Concussions are considered traumatic brain injuries. Our team of medical and legal professionals will begin an immediate investigation into your child’s injury.

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