Did you know that brain injuries are the leading cause of disability and death in people under the age of 45? According to the Texas Brain Injury Alliance, at least 144,000 people in Texas suffer from traumatic brain injury, which averages out to around one injury every four minutes. These facts are a major reason why parents nationwide are starting to become more wary of their kids engaging in recreational activities and school sports.
March has been officially designated Brain Injury Awareness Month. University of Texas Arlington (UTA) is helping spread awareness by hosting the second annual Concussion Summit: Concussion in Youth Sports at the Center for Health and Longevity. The summit will be held on April 12th and 13th, 2013, with experts in attendance to communicate with a broad audiences of students, coaches, parents, trainers, and medical professionals.
The majority of brain injuries are concussions. The head athletic trainer of the Sports Concussion Center in Fort Worth, Texas said a total of 334 concussions have been reported to the center since September 2012. Since January, 80 concussions have already been reported this year. Most of the brain injuries are acute, and get reported within three to five days of the incident that incurred them. High school, junior high athletes, and recreational-only college students make up the majority of these statistics.
If your child has suffered a serious brain injury while playing sports in school, they may be entitled to compensation. Please contact Polewski & Associates today to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Texas brain injury attorney.