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How to Protect your Kids from Concussions and Other Traumatic Head Injuries

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries have become a major concern in recent years. The impact of head injuries has received widespread media attention due to the thousands of lawsuits filed against the NFL by former football players and the deaths of well-known professional athletes, and concussions and other head injuries can be especially dangerous for children and young adults.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries for those persons under age 19 rose 60 percent from 2001 to 2009. Even though the number of deaths from brain trauma among those ages 15 to 19 decreased by half from 1999 to 2010, emergency room visits for sports-related injuries for teenagers increased significantly, according to the CDC.

In fact, the recent surge in sports-related head injuries among children has prompted the CDC to call for public policy changes similar to those enacted to reduce head-trauma fatalities from motor vehicle accidents.

Children can suffer concussions and traumatic brain injuries in a variety of activities, including riding bikes and scooters, playing sports, and trampoline use. A concussion is caused by the rapid movement of the head back and forth and the head does not need to come into contact with a hard surface in order for a child to suffer a concussion.

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries have been linked to a number of lifelong medical problems, including depression, fatigue, sleep problems, and increased risk of stroke. Moreover, a person who suffers a concussion is up to four times more likely to sustain a second concussion, which can place a child at an increased risk for learning difficulties and other neuropsychological difficulties.

What to Do If Your Child Suffers a Sports-Related Head Injury

If your child has suffered a concussion or other head injury the U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends that you:

  1. Remove your child from the sports activity.

  2. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

  3. Keep your child out of sports play or other recreational activities until a doctor approves such activities. Recovering from a concussion can be a slow process, and if a child returns to vigorous activities too soon, he or she is at risk for secondary impact syndrome, which can cause serious lasting neurological problems.

At Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, our Chicago head injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims of head injuries and their families. If a concussion or other head injury was caused by a defective product or negligence, we will advocate on our clients behalf for full and fair financial recovery.

If your child has suffered a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago head injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible personal injury or product liability claim.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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