“Just got your bell rung,” for many years, was a recommendation from coaches to shake off a hit and get back on the field. But brain science is evolving – doctors now know that there is no such thing as “just” getting your bell rung.

We most often hear about concussions in athletes – and for good reason. But most people would be surprised to learn that girls suffer concussions at a higher rate than boys. In a study of college athletes, female hockey players reported the most concussions. Researchers also found that the female softball players experienced concussions at twice the rate as male baseball players.

Sports are just one area where brain injuries occur. Falls are actually the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) nation-wide. The youngest and oldest age groups are at the highest risk. Car accidents are also a major cause of TBI, along with assault, which accounts for an additional 10 percent of TBIs annually.

Symptoms of concussions usually fall in the following four categories: thinking, physical, emotional, sleep. Some appear right away, while others may not show up for months. Other symptoms come and go. Friends, family members and even doctors can miss these warning signs.

Even after diagnosis, people living with TBI struggle with the invisibility of their struggle.  Chances are, most people don’t even know their brain injury exists. This is a lonely experience for those coping with TBI – and it can last years.

Brain injuries are still being studied, so doctors don’t always have answers or treatment for their TBI patients. The best treatment, then, is prevention. Whether you inspect your athlete’s equipment before heading into the new football season or you replace your airbags following a product recall, it’s important to protect yourself and your loved one before TBI strikes.

Virginia Brain Injury Attorney – Richard J. Serpe

If you or a loved one are suffering from a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, we encourage you to speak with our Virginia brain injury attorneys. In order to succeed in a claim for brain injury, our lawyers understand the legal rights of our clients in the most effective claims to bring on their behalf. Failing to hire an experienced brain injury lawyer right away can be a big mistake. There are important steps which can be taken– together with crucial evidence concerning both legal rights and the nature and extent of brain injury. Without this evidence, success on the case can be made difficult or impossible.  Setup a free consultation today 877-544-5323