Extreme sports put participants at a high risk of injury, including traumatic brain injuries.
Extreme sports enthusiasts expose themselves to injuries every time they attempt tricks on skateboards, wakeboards, or engage in other extreme activities. Some young people do not wear a helmet as they feel it hampers their sense of thrill and invincibility. No wonder extreme sports are leading to a high number of injuries and concussions. Considering the damaging and long lasting impact of traumatic brain injuries, it is important to take appropriate preventive measures.
About Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the damage to a person’s brain from head trauma. It is most often caused by a blow or a bump to the head. However, not every head trauma will result in TBI. The force of impact will determine whether or not TBI occurs and its severity. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), TBI is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.
Injuries During Extreme Sports
The most common injuries associated with extreme sports are broken bones and bruising. When a bike rider or skateboarder falls, they risk hitting the hard surface with any of their body parts. If your head hits against a hard surface such as pavement or concrete, the chances of a brain injury become high.
Concussion is the most common form of TBI. Concussion is dangerous and can cause symptoms such as disturbed vision, lack of balance, and unconsciousness. A single concussion may not have lasting consequences, but an accumulation of concussions can result in lasting damage. A skateboarder who suffers repeated head trauma from falls can develop permanent brain damage. It is important to note that even individuals who wear a helmet may also suffer a TBI. If the helmet is defective, the person wearing it will still be at risk of a TBI. This is particularly true for children.
Symptoms of TBIs
The symptoms of TBI can make it difficult for a victim to carry out even simple day-to-day tasks or to maintain a basic standard of living.
- cognitive problems associated with learning, memory, speaking, and reading
- communication problems
- emotional and behavioral changes
- vegetative state or coma
Recovering Damages Caused by TBI
If you have sustained a TBI while engaging in extreme sports, it should not automatically disqualify you from seeking compensation. If the injury is a result of defective sports equipment or helmet, you may have a personal injury claim. Discuss your case with a Chicago traumatic brain injury lawyer. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.