Summer Months Tend to See a Rise in Number of Traumatic Brain Injuries
All of us in the United States understand that the summer is a time of year when we tend to get out and do things that we may not be able to do during other times on the calendar. This includes traveling to new places, swimming, diving and of course playing sports, particularly for younger people. While these are all memories that for many of us will last a lifetime, they can also lead to a higher number of incidents where memories are clouded and other problems linger. That's because experts have been speaking around the country recently and they have been stating that the summer is also a time when traumatic brain injuries tend to rise in number.
Specifically, the Sun-Telegraph in Nebraska recently published an article regarding how a local medical center was welcoming a new speech language pathologist to its staff. Clearly, speech pathology is often needed after someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, and this expert stated in her initial comments to the public that the summer is a time to beware with regards to this type of harm. In her experience, more people tend to need medical help because of head injuries in the summer than during any other time of the year.This notion makes sense when one stops to consider the context. People are outside more in the summer, they take part in more activities in the summer and young people in particular are not spending as much time in school and are therefore out and about most of the time between June and August. Young people are of particular concern during this time of year because according to the United State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Therefore, parents of young people in particular need to be careful when their children suffer blows to the head. Many times, such a blow will seem relatively minor in nature and no medical attention will be sought. This is, simply put, a mistake and it's one that can lead to severe if not dire consequences. In essence, the days of simply 'getting your bell rung' are over now that we have had the time and the opportunity to learn more about this type of trauma. Every blow to the head is significant and it needs to be treated as such if for no other reason than to rule out the possibility of unseen damage.
Many traumatic brain injuries are caused by the negligence or recklessness of other people, and when these situations arise people who have been wrongfully harmed in this manner need to take steps to make sure that their legal rights are protected. If you or someone you love has suffered in this regard, contact the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.