The Tip of the Spear: Head Injuries

Cosmetic SurgeryIf you haven’t heard about it already, the NFL has been dealing with a rather large headache. According to this article from Post-Gazette, the NFL is facing a series of lawsuits in light of the staggering amount of head injuries caused by American football. While the players do wear protective helmets, they do very little to cushion the brain during impact. This is a particularly dangerous factor as a lot of players are taught to lead with their heads in the assault. As a result, many players have ended up with severe mental disabilities or even suicide as in the case of American football star Ray Easterling last year.

With American football being such a huge industry, concerns are being raised for the safety of young aspiring players, and whether new measures should be taken to prevent head injuries in sport.

The military has also come under scrutiny recently with this post from Smithsonian revealing over 250,000 cases of brain trauma in soldiers since the year 2000. Sometimes disregarded as only “shellshock”, soldiers can return home with serious mental illnesses and simply not know they are suffering. This can lead to confusing and upsetting circumstances at home for both soldiers and their families.

These claims against the NFL are only the tip of the spear with more and more sufferers claiming compensation for head injuries in the last few years. You can read about the claims process on Blackwater Law’s website. Blackwater Law specialise in head injury claims, and often deal with soldiers returning home with mental illnesses. Claiming compensation not only helps to cover costs for medical treatment, it is also vital in preventing more cases.

This article from Patient.co.uk outlines the best ways to recover if you have suffered a head injury, though if you are suffering from recurring problems it is best to notify your doctor. Bumps and scrapes happen all the time, but head injuries are not to be taken lightly as they can develop into severe mental conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, or worse.