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Why doctors should document concussion symptoms

Indeed, there are more than 90 days before the first National Football League games will be played in September, but it is not too early to discuss the dangers of concussions in sports. After all, the concussion protocol was discussed during the NBA playoffs after Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors was inadvertently kneed in the head during the conference finals. Also, it was rumored that LeBron James may have suffered one after he hit his head on a camera.

Yes, many parents in our region will not have kids playing professional sports. But they will be playing on playgrounds and in youth sports leagues and they will invariably have head injuries that that will send them to the hospital. In fact, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two million Americans will be hospitalized after suffering traumatic brain injuries (i.e. concussions). 

For injuries that result in lawsuits, it is important to properly diagnose a concussion and maintain detailed information about continuing concussion symptoms. After all, not all concussions are the same and not every head injury manifests itself in the same manner.

Because of this, it is important for treating physicians to document changes that can come with a concussion, including irregular sleep patterns, persistent headaches, and even personality changes. All of these symptoms can be determinative of future damage awards.

Of course, the preceding is not legal advice. If you have questions about your legal rights after suffering a head injury, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.


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