FIFA World Cup Raises Awareness of Concussions

  • Jul 22 2014
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

Spain v Netherlands: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilThe FIFA World Cup was watched by millions of sports fans all over the world. Aside from providing countless hours of athletic entertainment, the World Cup also raised awareness of the dangers of concussions.

For example, when Germany’s midfielder Christoph Kramer suffered a head injury in the World Cup final, concerns about the way football deals with concussions were revived. Kramer was allowed to continue to play for another 14 minutes after his injury, before finally slumping to the ground with a suspected concussion and being replaced.

Kramer’s head injury was not the only one suffered during the World Cup. Argentinian players Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta both suffered hard blows to the head. Mascherano, for example, appeared completely disoriented and fell to the ground after his head injury.

These types of injuries and the attitude of the FIFA World Cup prompted many to complain about the lack of seriousness being placed on such injuries. One suggestion would be to allow temporary substitution players while the injured player was properly examined. Rugby, another high-impact sport similar to football, has this type of measure in place.

FIFA’s failure to take better care of players is nothing new or unusual in the world of professional sports. Many sports groups, even children and youth leagues, do not always take concussions seriously. Though the effects may seem short-term, they may not really be so. Research has shown that even mild traumatic brain injuries, like concussions, can lead to long-term and, at times, severe consequences.

What If I Have Suffered a Brain Injury?

Those who have suffered a brain injury due to an accident may be entitled to compensation for damages, such as reimbursement for medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering. The often long-reaching consequences of brain injuries, including even mild forms like concussions, can leave the victim in financial debt and physical pain. More severe cases can even lead to memory loss and permanent disability.

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another party, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego. Working with clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as well as other types of injuries, the lawyers at Gilleon Law Firm, APC understand the hardships you face and will work tirelessly to aid you in receiving your just compensation. Contact the Gilleon Law Firm, APC today for a free initial consultation.

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