This law is part of a laudable effort that has been sweeping the nation over the past couple years to try to reduce the negative long-term health effects of full-contact football.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 19, 2015
According to an article published July 29 by the Visalia Times-Delta, a new California state law passed this summer will limit the number of full-contact high school football practices to two 90 minute sessions per week in an effort to reduce the number of head injuries suffered by high school and middle school football players. The law also requires that, if a player is suspected of suffering a concussion at any point during a game, the player must sit out the remainder of the game even if it is later determined that a concussion is not likely. According to the Law Offices of Burg & Brock, a personal injury law firm with a great deal of experience dealing with head injury cases, this law is part of a laudable effort that has been sweeping the nation over the past couple years to try to reduce the negative long-term health effects of full-contact football.
The law firm notes that this focus began several years ago in response to a growing number of NFL players who suffered serious mental health concerns, which were attributed to years of repeated blows to the head.
“There is a common misconception with head injury cases,” explains the Law Offices of Burg & Brock, “That traumatic brain injuries or long term damage to the brain can only be obtained through a singular traumatic event or collision. While this can be true, and is often the case with head injury patients who sustained their injury in some type of car or motorcycle accident, brain damage can also be accumulated through consistently attained smaller traumas like the ones that players may experience over the course of a normal football game. When there is ample warning that these kind of injuries are happening, and responsible parties fail to act, that’s when they become legally actionable.”
The law firm goes on to explain that, by limiting the number of times per week young players practice, the odds of a singular hugely traumatic event are not eliminated, but a successful outcome may be achieved in limiting the number of these accumulative smaller traumas. What should also be noted is that fact that, because young players’ brains are still developing, limiting the number of collisions that they experience during these important developmental years could prove to be an even more effective investment in the long-term mental health of these players, avoiding pain for the players and lawsuits for schools and other potentially responsible parties.
Finally, the Law Offices of Burg & Brock note that some of these head injuries may not result in immediate symptoms, but instead, as was the case with certain ex-NFL players, may first reveal themselves years down the line in the form of depression. Anyone who suspects that they may have a head injury should, first and foremost, contact a doctor to see what can be done to prevent any further damages. And, in cases where the negligent actions of another party was responsible for the injury, head injury sufferers or their families may want to consider contacting the Law Offices of Burg & Brock to see if legal action is appropriate. Potential clients can call the law firm at 1-888-979-7979 or visit them online at http://www.LegalDefenders.com.