According to a report by WALB News, Georgia’s Return to Play Act, a new law that was approved in 2013, is now effective. It addresses brain injury in student athletes and seeks to prevent serious brain injuries from occurring. More specifically, the law requires coaches to take student athletes out of games and/or practices if they show signs of concussions or other brain injuries and to report them for a medical evaluation.
Some believe that the new law is a much needed measure that will improve the safety of student athletes. However, others do not think the new law will make any different, since they believe injuries are an inherent risk to sports.
“It’s always in the back of your mind when any of your children play sports that, you know, there’s always a chance that it could happen,” said a concerned parent.
One physician who supports the law acknowledges the fact that not all injuries can be prevented or even detected. He also acknowledges the fact that brain injuries can be very severe and that any preventative measure, no matter how seemingly trivial, is a good one.
Concussions are not uncommon amongst young athletes, especially in rough, contact sports like football. In fact, young athletes are more likely to encounter second impact syndrome, which is a serious condition of the brain that often leads to serious injury or even death.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) do not just occur in sports, but also in many other different kinds of situations. Since the brain is so central to the many functions of our body, any damage to it can be life-changing. If you have suffered TBI due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation from the liable party. You will need financial assistance, especially if your TBI is severe, because medical costs amongst other expenses can pile up.
The reliable Atlanta TBI attorneys at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. will fight hard in your place to negotiate a fair settlement that will adequately cover damages, such as pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. You can call us toll-free at (866) 249-5513.