As our understanding of brain injuries develops, people are starting to pay more attention to the causes and consequences of serious head trauma. Brain injuries, namely concussions, are reportedly the most common injury that active-duty military members sustain. And it is impossible to miss the hundreds of sports-related lawsuits that Philadelphia brain injury attorneys have seen in the last five years.
Douglas Smith, the head of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair, says that modern sports are changing before our eyes as people begin to admit that brain injury can have permanent and incapacitating effects. Smith likes to compare the human brain to a gelatin mold, helping us to visualize what kind of damage can happen when brain collides with the skull like a gelatin mold might bang into the sides of a bowl.
Though the human brain is obviously more complex, the metaphor helps to highlight how fragile brain tissues and neurons are, and how, once destroyed, brain axons cannot be fixed.
Doctors still struggle to accurately diagnose concussions that will have long-lasting effects. Doctors need to be sure to follow the latest advancements in brain injury medicine and advise patients about resting and allowing the brain to heal after a trauma. Failure to do so can result in additional injury and permanent brain damage.
Someone who feels that their doctor did not accurately diagnose a brain injury or failed to give them sufficient care instructions after an injury may be eligible for damages based on the doctor’s negligent treatment. An experienced attorney can help them determine if negligence was a source of further injury and if financial compensation might be possible.
Source: Philly.com, “Brain injuries still mysterious, but research is building,” Stacey Burling, Jan. 3, 2013