Concussions and other types of head trauma are especially common in contact sports, including football, soccer, and basketball. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions, can have a severe impact on a child athlete and can lead to problems later on down the road – especially if the head injury is not treated in a timely manner. This is primarily because a child’s body and mind are still developing, which makes it imperative for parents to seek medical attention immediately.
Legal liability might exist in a variety of situations, such as when a child athlete is returned to sports practices or games too soon after an injury or where the child’s school fails to follow the necessary protocols with regard to concussions. A Chicago personal injury lawyer at Malman Law could help you determine if there’s legal liability and could pursue a claim on your behalf, depending upon the circumstances.
Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help you pursue monetary compensation for your child’s injuries.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Concussions in children often come with a variety of tell-tale signs and symptoms. One of the most basic signs of a concussion in a child is a headache or an inability to remember recent events. Concussions can also cause fatigue and can prevent a child from being able to pay attention.
When the signs and symptoms of a concussion are not addressed promptly, certain other symptoms could begin to manifest. For example, the student’s behavior could become uninhibited, and he or she may begin to lack impulse control. In the worst cases, a severe concussion that goes untreated could result in serious cognitive difficulties, including an inability to think, read, or comprehend information.
Moreover, a concussion could result in internal brain bleeding and increased cranial pressure, which can, in turn, cause long-term damage. In short, a concussion that is left untreated could result in serious consequences for the remainder of the person’s life.
How Coaches and Schools Should Handle Student-Athlete Concussions and Other Head Injuries
The State of Illinois enacted the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act (Public Act 099-0245) into law in 2015. According to this state statute, all schools located in the State of Illinois are required to establish both “return to learn” and “return to sports” protocols for the benefit of students who suffer concussions during school sporting events. Student-athletes must be able to complete a lengthy physical test in order for them to be able to return to sports practices and games.
The primary purpose of this law is to make sure that students who suffer concussions during a school-sponsored sporting events are able to have their cognitive and physical needs addressed promptly – and that they are given sufficient time to recover from their concussion injury. Another reason for the law is to prevent further head injuries that might stem from the concussion injury.
In cases where a coach or other school individual recognizes the symptoms of a concussion, yet returns the child to practice or games too early (or who otherwise fails to follow the protocols in place), the coach or school could potentially incur legal liability. For a school injury to be deemed compensable, ordinary negligence is typically insufficient. Instead, the school’s misconduct must be deemed “willful and wanton.”
Call a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Let the attorneys at Malman Law investigate your child’s injuries, and if possible, file a claim or lawsuit for compensatory damages. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago personal injury attorney, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more.