The connection between sports and brain injuries has received significant attention in recent years. Research has shown that even minor injuries, such as minor concussions during football tackles, can cause permanent damage. If an athlete suffers multiple concussions, he or she can face significant challenges, including serious depression.
Yet, even though the damage is very real, many people will turn a cold shoulder to someone suffering a sports brain injury, claiming that the athlete "signed up for it" and "understood the dangers." That language has discouraged people from bringing vital personal injury lawsuits that would help them pay for medical bills, rehabilitation costs and other expenses resulting from brain injuries.
You Can Recover Compensation for a Sports Brain Injury
At Abramson Smith Waldsmith, LLP, we know a sports brain injury can be every bit as devastating as a brain injury caused by a car accident. We have more than 30 years of experience advocating for fair and just compensation for injured clients in the San Francisco Bay area and throughout California. To speak with an experienced San Francisco attorney for sport brain injuries, contact us online or call 415-421-7995.
Was Your Brain Damage Caused by Negligence?
Perhaps the greatest challenge in sports brain damage cases is proving that someone else's negligence caused the brain injury. Yet, even if you signed a waiver that said you accepted all liability for injuries caused by the sport, you may be able to recover compensation if that waiver was unfair or the company's actions were reckless/grossly negligent.
Here are some examples of past and present sports injury cases involving negligence:
- Former football players sued the NFL and its helmet maker for failing to warn them of the risks of multiple mild concussions, which included depression, suicide, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
- California high school athletes who have suffered concussions but have been permitted to return to the game without proper evaluation are able to hold their coaches and schools liable for failing to follow California law.
- Companies that have manufactured defective helmets, from bike helmets to football helmets, have been held accountable for resulting brain injuries.
It is also possible to hold third parties liable for causing injury, such as a golfer who hits another golfer in the head with his or her golf club.
Contact a California Attorney for Sports Head Injuries Representation
Even if you are unsure that your sports head injury was caused by negligence, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney about your options. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith, LLP, we have the financial, technological and expert resources necessary to evaluate your case and seek full and fair compensation for your sports injuries.