Kids' Head Injuries Caused by Sports or Recreational Activity


February 18, 2013

The national focus on childhood obesity has generated an increasing emphasis on kids playing outside for physical aerobic activity. While our Georgia personal injury lawyers believes this is a positive trend as a strategy to improved health and physical fitness in kids, children that engage in active physical recreation can be exposed to the risk of injury.

Children may suffer head injuries in activities ranging from falls off jungle gyms to collisions during contact sports.

When children suffer head trauma, it is important to take these types of injuries seriously and seek immediate medical attention. Brain injuries that result from impact to the head can cause permanent debilitating effects that do not simply heal like a broken bone. Parents often underestimate the serious nature of a concussion if their child does not lose consciousness. However, parents should seek a prompt medical evaluation if their child exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Disorientation
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Headaches

Head trauma must be taken seriously even if a child does not have a skull fracture or bleeding inside the skull that causes pressure on the brain. When a child suffers a concussion, it can have long-term permanent effects.

If your child does suffer a concussion while playing football or engaging in other sports, your child should not resume participating until the injury has completely healed and a medical professional has cleared your child to return to the sports activity. When a child returns to contact sports and suffers another concussion before the first concussion has completely healed, there is a much greater risk of suffering a permanent debilitating brain injury.

When your kids engage in sports or other physical activities, it is important that your child wear proper head protection. Kids should wear a helmet when participating in any of the following activities, as well as other sports/activities where it might be appropriate:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Skateboarding
  • Bicycling
  • Roller skating
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing
  • Baseball

Many factors can contribute to a child experiencing a head injury while engaged in active physical play, including lack of supervision, defective safety equipment, improperly maintained play sets and other forms of negligence. Our experienced Georgia injury attorneys investigate accident claims involving children to identify the at-fault parties and the causes of such accidents. Whether your kids’ injuries are the result of the substandard design or manufacturing by a children’s equipment supplier, the failure of coaches, teachers, recreation coordinators and others to supervise a recreational activity, or any other type of negligence, we are committed to representing parents in obtaining fair compensation for injuries incurred by their children.

If your child suffers a head injury like a concussion, our Georgia personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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