While many Americans are most familiar with concussion protocols from watching the National Football League, the truth is that there are policies for addressing potential head injuries in other professional sports. There's good reason for the caution: traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are quite severe and can impact several aspects of a victim's life. These steps in a typical concussion protocol are intended to prevent serious injuries, but talk to a traumatic brain injury lawyer if you were hurt despite these precautions. You may be entitled to compensation for losses you suffer as a result of your injuries.
A concussion protocol is most successful before competition in a sport actually begins, by educating players, coaches, and other team staff on how these injuries occur. Information on the importance of proper protective gear and safety equipment is helpful, and details on identifying symptoms and reporting is essential. Some sports teams will conduct neurological testing to have a baseline if an injury does occur.
The primary component of a concussion protocol focuses on what’s happening during a game. There are two factors that are critical in addressing head injuries.
- Identification: Professional sports organizations may hire an unaffiliated medical professional to monitor games and identify the symptoms of a concussion. The physician would notify team staff when a hard hit or other impact should be evaluated more closely. He or she may also work closely with official team doctors during the evaluation exam.
- Evaluation: If a player reports concussions symptoms or demonstrates the effects of trauma, professional sports concussion protocol mandates that the person be removed from the competition immediately. The medical team can conduct an evaluation in the arena of play if necessary, but most assessments take place in the locker room. If the player is diagnosed with concussion, he or she cannot return to the game or practice.
Post-Game Concussion Protocol
A player that suffers a concussion is monitored daily and undergoes tests to determine recovery. The baseline neurological exam is useful in making sure that he or she has fully returned to health. Team doctors may clear that person to play, but some leagues will require an independent exam in order for full clearance. Many leagues will impose penalties for wrongdoing if a professional sports team doesn’t strictly adhere to concussion protocol. They may receive fines or lose draft picks for misconduct.
Consult with a Lawyer About Concussion Injuries from Sports Activities
Even if you're don't participate in professional sports, you can still suffer a concussion from strenuous activities. When you sustain a traumatic brain injury during competition, you could be looking at huge medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages due to your inability to work. Maryland law may allow you to recover financially for these losses, but you'll need an experienced lawyer on your side to fight for your rights. The attorneys at The Casper Firm in Baltimore can review your case and provide information on your options for compensation. Please contact us with questions or to schedule a free consultation.