By: Allan M. Siegel
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently released a new report,
entitled “Concussions and the Courthouse,” detailing the progress
made in raising awareness about concussions, as a result of the class
action lawsuits filed on behalf of current and former athletes.
While most people know that a concussion is a serious
brain injury, it is less well known just how much damage they can do when they are
not treated properly. Take, for example, the case of 13-year-old Zackery
Lystedt, who in 2013 suffered a concussion during a junior high school
football game. After sitting out for only three plays, he returned to
the field and later collapsed. He was then transported to the hospital,
where doctors were forced to remove portions of his skull to relieve building
pressure on his brain. It took nine months before he was able to speak
again, and 13 months before he regained movement in his arms and legs.
With so many athletes risking their health, many of them young students,
it is urgent that parents, school administrators, and others understand
the risks that athletes face each time they play a full contact sport
Consider these statistics provided by Brainline.org:
- It is estimated that up to 3.8 million people suffer sports-related concussions
each year, many of whom suffer long-term consequences from their injuries.
- Between five and ten percent of athletes are estimated to suffer a concussion
in any given sport season.
- Over two million children visit emergency rooms each year for sports-related
emergencies, with more than 130,000 of those injuries involving a concussion.
- Football is responsible for more than 60 percent of all concussions suffered
in high school sports.
- Those who suffer a concussion are three times more likely to suffer another
concussion if the first one never fully healed.
- Lack of proper diagnosis or treatment could result in serious long-term
consequences, or result in coma or death.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our attorneys understand
the risks athletes face, as well as the proper protocol for dealing with
athletes who suffer concussions and brain injuries during practice or
play. In fact, Partner Joseph Cammarata drafted the
DC Youth Athletic Protection Act, which became law in 2011. We encourage all athletes, parents, and coaches
to become acquainted with proper protocol, and to ensure children’s
safety is always the top priority.
If you have questions about legal recourse following athlete injuries or
brain injuries incurred during sports, contact a Washington, DC injury
attorney from our firm for a free consultation.
Learn more about the report by visiting