The Devastating Impact of Serious Head Injuries


May 25, 2011

It is now known that the long-term effects of successive head injuries can last a lifetime for some that play contact sports.

Anyone who experiences chronic brain trauma can experience what is called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). It can happen to people in severe auto accidents, job injuries and other types of serious accidents, as well as people who play contact sports.

People who have CTE have been hit on the head repeatedly and may have suffered multiple concussions. Terry Bradshaw, Fox NFL's pre-game show star and legendary Steelers quarterback has come forward recently to talk openly about his struggles with memory loss and depression due to numerous concussions and head injuries he suffered during his NFL career.

He now has to do brain exercises on a daily basis to keep his brain functions from deteriorating. He keeps his hand-eye coordination sharp by doing brain puzzles and playing games like ping-pong. He came forward to talk about his struggles hoping that it will help other players who have similar struggles. Bradshaw feels that the NFL could continue to do more to help current players from sustaining so many concussions.

Concussions

Concussions are traumatic head injuries that occur from both mild and severe blows to the head. Research is now finding that concussions can have serious, long-term effects, especially if someone has had a very severe one or has had repeat head injuries.

A concussion occurs when the brain moves violently within the skull and the brain hits the sides of the skull as it is being tossed about.

Signs of a mild concussion include:

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Memory loss

Many times people will experience these symptoms, but when the symptoms disappear, they assume everything is okay. Athletes will have this experience, and then they will get back out there and keep playing the rest of the game.

A Canadian study was done on 40 healthy former athletes all between the ages of 50-60 years old. The study showed that those who had suffered a concussion experienced a decline in their mental and physical processes more than 30 years later. The 19 who had suffered a concussion more than 30 years earlier showed a decline in attention and memory, as well as slowing of some types of movement. The test group who had not been concussed did not experience these same symptoms.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

The early symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy include:

  • Deterioration in attention
  • Concentration and memory impairment
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Lack of Insight
  • Poor judgement
  • Overt dementia
  • Slowed muscular movements and staggered gait
  • Impeded speech
  • Vertigo

According to experts, the first stages are fairly recognizable and include some mild psychotic symptoms, while the second stage may include erratic behavior and memory loss. The third stage can be far worse actually mimicking symptoms similar to that of Parkinson's Disease.

Concussions, whether they are sustained on the athletic playing field or in a severe car accident, need to be taken seriously. It is important to seek medical attention right away if you have experienced a head trauma no matter how mild it may seem.

The signs of a concussion may appear and disappear quickly, but they may also take awhile to become obvious and deceive you into thinking that you are "okay". The long-term effects, as we have seen, can be debilitating and last a lifetime. If you have sustained head injuries in an auto accident that you believe to be the fault of someone else, you should feel free to contact our experienced auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates today.

For over 27 years, the Georgia traumatic brain injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been helping people just like you in Georgia deal with the heart-wrenching challenges of traumatic head and brain injuries. We understand the potential legal and factual obstacles to proving your right to legal compensation and will help you through the process and fight for your rights. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident or other accident causing serious head and brain injuries, please do not hesitate to contact us for your free consultation.

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