Parents need to know that all concussions must be taken seriously, as there is nothing ‘mild’ about a mild traumatic brain injury.
Pleasantville, NY (PRWEB) October 10, 2012
The lawyers at the head injury New York law firm De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, are currently publicizing valuable information about the causes and symptoms of traumatic brain injury in young children. With the start of the school season and the return to football, soccer, and other sports, parents are reminded to remain vigilant against concussions and traumatic brain damage by learning how best to recognize and guard against such injuries.
“Parents need to know that all concussions must be taken seriously, as there is nothing ‘mild’ about a mild traumatic brain injury. All concussions have the potential to cause catastrophic and lifelong consequences, so it is essential to learn about the frequent causes of these injuries. Especially as the school year kicks off, children are more vulnerable to injury, so it’s the right time to learn more about this condition,” said Michael V. Kaplen, a brain injury lawyer at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP.
The New York brain injury attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP have prepared some tips and information about brain injury and concussions to help educate parents about their causes and symptoms. Important facts include:
1) An individual does not need to have been knocked out or to have lost consciousness in order to have sustained a concussion.
2) An individual who sustains a concussion can be walking, talking and even seemingly communicating normally immediately after the event.
3) An individual can sustain a concussion without ever striking their head against an object or having an object hit his or her head.
4) CT scans and MRI studies are typically administered following a concussion.
5) Prior to regular athletic engagement, parents are recommended to have a base line neuropsychological assessment performed. An assessment should be repeated again after a child sustains a concussion or a suspected concussion, especially before allowing him or her to resume any athletic endeavors.
The brain is easily damaged when it moves within the skull cavity, and during a concussion it can be violently thrown up against these hard areas. When the brain strikes the inside of the skull, both the area that is struck as well as the opposing area of the brain can be injured. When a car stops short and the passenger is thrown forward, or when a person falls and strikes his or her head, the brain does not stop moving immediately but continues until it comes into contact with the interior ridges of the skull.
The New York brain injury law firm of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP focuses its practice on representing victims of brain trauma caused by car accidents, bus crashes, truck crashes, dangerous construction sites, unsafe buildings and medical malpractice. The firm can be contacted via its website, located at http://www.BrainLaw.com, or by phone at 1-866-BRAIN LAW. Michael V. Kaplen also updates readers on industry news and traumatic brain injury-related information at the firm’s blog, http://www.BrainInjury.Blogs.com.