Thursday, November 13, 2008

Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Concussions are major forms of brain injuries.

When you suffer impact to your head you may experience the most common traumatic brain injury in the form of a concussion. A concussion is a type of bruising on the brain that is often very serious. Yet, there are those who do not take concussions seriously. Depending upon the type of work they do they might assume that concussions are a part of the job. Boxers or stuntmen, for example, expect a certain number of concussions throughout the course of their career. Often, it will be the employer who will encourage further risky behavior. Obviously, this is most definitely not a good thing.

Suffering one concussion is bad enough. Suffering numerous concussions over a period of time can be downright devastating to a person's mental health. Anyone who has followed the news over the past year is probably familiar with the infamous Chris Benoit murder case. Benoit, a former professional wrestler, killed himself and his family in a fit of rage. An autopsy revealed that he had suffered multiple concussions over the years and this led to the degeneration of his mental faculties. If nothing else, the Benoit case shows the extreme danger inherent with not properly treating instances of repeated concussions. Also, the Benoit case shows the negligence inherent with his employer to encouraged activities that increase the potential for suffering further concussions.

If an employer has repeatedly places you in a situation where you suffer concussions then you may be able to seek civil damages against the employer. If the employer has threatened to fire you if you do not continue with the risky behavior this could even further strengthen a liability case. However, in order to ascertain whether or not the case has merit it becomes important to discuss the particulars of the traumatic brain injury case with a qualified attorney. A qualified attorney would be one who has a strong background in traumatic brain injury lawsuits. Such an attorney would understand the nuances associated with such litigation as well as the proper way to move forward with such a case.