A concussion can be a very serious brain injury, and the number of children who suffer from it on the school sports field, or due to an accident at school, has been increasing year on year. Defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as “a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious”, a concussion that occurs at school should always be treated immediately, according to the appropriate guidelines.
In the fall of 2015 alone, seven high school students died as a result of concussions received on the football field. Students may also suffer a concussion after colliding with another child accidentally, or falling and banging their head. Where a head injury of any level of severity is sustained, your child’s school has a responsibility to act promptly and appropriately.
Where this responsibility is breached, an El Segundo school concussion attorney from Okabe & Haushalter could help you and your child to recover damages in respect of the injury.
As traumatic brain injuries, including concussion, can have catastrophic consequences, teachers, sports coaches, and other educational professionals should be familiar with the CDCs guidelines on how to spot and deal with a concussion in a child. According to these guidelines, the symptoms which mean a child should immediately be brought to the emergency room include:
Your school should also ensure that all staff is trained in how to spot these symptoms later on, should your child’s condition start to worsen in the classroom. This will include being aware of the ways in which the child themselves may describe their concussion symptoms, including heightened emotions, tiredness, confusion, and feeling nauseous or simply “not right”.
Aside from the official CDC guidelines, it is likely that your child’s school will have their own procedures on how injuries should be handled, and you should be able to request a copy.
When someone as precious as your child is injured, they deserve only the best legal representation, something which we are proud to deliver to all clients working with our lawyers. We will pledge to do our utmost to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf, using the full extent of our legal knowledge and experience. Your child’s school should be held accountable for any negligence.
To schedule your free initial consultation with an expert El Segundo school concussion attorney, call us today on 310-430-7799.