According to The Columbus Dispatch, a recent study by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center reveals that the annual number of children treated as outpatients for head injuries at the hospital increased from 228 in 2002 to 438 in 2011. Researchers claim this data can be interpreted in both a positive and a negative light: on one hand, the increase in children being taken to the ER for head injuries could be attributed to parents and coaches finally being more cautious about the possibility of traumatic brain injury. On the other hand, the increase could also simply be blamed on a rising number of the actual injuries.
In recent years, the National Football League, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several other organizations have pushed for better attention to the risk of concussion and brain injury in youth sports. Ohio’s new youth-concussion law requires parents, coaches, and officials to be educated in symptoms of brain injury and how to respond. For example, an athlete who shows signs of concussion must be removed from practice or a game, and is not allowed to play again for at least 24 hours – or until they are medically cleared.
Keith Yeates, the chief of pediatric psychology and neuropsychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, says he wishes there was a better way to identify which of the concussions that ER doctors see will actually lead to lingering problems – such as memory loss, inattention, headaches, and balance issues.
If your child has suffered a serious brain injury, and you believe it was overlooked due to of the negligence of coaches or school officials, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent clients throughout Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, and the rest of Ohio.