The latest casualty in the pursuit of sports glory is a 17-year-old La Jolla high school student who sustained traumatic brain injury presumably during a football game three months previously. During the game, the teenager got hit on the head and informed the assistant coach, but continued to play. The boy vomited on the sidelines, a symptom of brain injury.

Since then, the teenager has suffered persistent headaches after reading a few lines of text, and exhibited intolerance of bright lights. He has been unable to return for a full day of school since the incident despite receiving treatment. The assistant coach had been suspended; he denies having been told that the player had been hurt.

A poll of sports-related concussions reported in San Diego County between August 2013 and October 2014 shows that football is the main cause of concussion in San Diego at 80, with soccer being a far second (25), volleyball in third (14), and basketball in fourth place (11). While the concussions may have been accidental, sending them back in without receiving proper medical attention is negligence as discussed in

Who is to blame for sports injuries? Some may say that injuries are part and parcel of the game, and they would be right. But when a player is injured, it is the duty of the coaches or team leader to pull them out of the game until the extent and nature of the injury can be determined and if sending the player back in is safe. Failing to do this puts the welfare of the players, especially teenagers, at serious risk.

If your child has been injured while playing sports and the coach neglected to take the proper steps to ensure the player’s physical well-being, you may be able to sue for personal injury. Consult with a San Diego personal injury lawyer and have your case assessed.

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Each year, about 52,000 deaths occur due to traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries disrupt normal functioning of the brain, and can be either traumatic or acquired. The severity of brain damage depends on the type of injury, and may not always be permanent. No matter the permanence, brain injuries can be both debilitating and life-changing.

Traumatic brain injury is caused by an external force such as:

  • Falls (35%)
  • Motor vehicle accidents (17%)
  • Physical violence
  • Sports injuries
  • Blows to the head

An acquired injury occurs at the cellular level when the brain is starved of oxygen. These causes may include:

  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Tumor or aneurysm
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Infection
  • Drug abuse
  • Strangulation or choking
  • Neurological diseases

Whether the injury is traumatic or acquired, it can have cognitive, perceptual, physical, or behavioral symptoms. On the less severe end, a brain injury can cause headaches, confusion, or nausea, and are only temporary. This is common with concussions that are caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Severe injuries can cause permanent brain damage, resulting in a coma or unresponsive state, loss of memory, or extreme mental disability. In the event of a brain injury, it is crucial to be examined by medical experts who can verify, document, and quantify the effects of brain trauma, especially if the injury was due to the negligence of a third party.

Since many traumatic brain injuries can occur due to the fault of someone else, such as car accidents, sports injuries, and physical violence, it may be wise to contact an attorney to discuss the details of your case. If you are injured due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® could help you through the long process of holding the person who injured you accountable for the injuries you’ve had to suffer through.

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