Student suffers serious head injury in high school football game

Posted on October 1, 2012 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Brain Injury on Monday, October 1, 2012.

For many football fans, autumn heralds the start of football season. But, football players run the risk of sustaining serious injuries — including serious brain injuries. Just a few weeks ago, this blog discussed brain trauma among NFL players. Unfortunately these injuries are by no means limited to professional or even adult players, as illustrated by a recent accident involving a California high school student.

A California high school football player is in critical condition after sustaining severe injuries during a high school football game. The student experienced a traumatic brain injury, as well as a collapsed lung. He is currently in the intensive care unit and is breathing with the help of a ventilator. His mother has been at his side in the ICU, and has been unable to return to work due to his medical needs.

Head injuries can cause serious brain trauma, such as bruising, bleeding, tearing or swelling. Injuries may be open, meaning the skull has been fractured, or they may be closed. A closed brain injury runs the risk of brain swelling and possibly fatal blood clots. In addition, a victim’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral brain functions may be affected by a traumatic brain injury, rendering the victim unable to work or even pursue personal interests and activities. Furthermore, family members of brain injury victims may be unable to work while they provide care for the brain injury victim.

Sometimes, victims of brain injuries and their families choose to seek legal action to obtain compensation for their medical expenses and other financial losses. A medical evaluation of the victim may be necessary to determine the level of compensation available to victims and their loved ones. Such an examination will also be used to determine the extent, if any, the victim is able to return to work, as well as whether the victim will be able to live independently.

Football players face the dangers of experiencing severe injuries during the course of a game. But with the support of the community, this high school football player and his family are keeping hope alive for his recovery.

Source: LakeElsinore-Wildomar Patch, “Cornerstone Christian Football Player In Critical Condition,” Toni McAllister, Sept. 24, 2012

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