Utah Brain Injury Law Passes Senate

The Utah legislative senate approved a bill that will require all athletes playing organized sports who receive a brain or head injury to get medical clearance before they can return to play. This bill, sponsored by Sen. John Valentine, would require that all amateur sports organizations of any variety – both public and private – adopt policies that will ensure that athletes who receive head concussions and head injuries be suspended from play pending a head injury or concussion medical work up. This bill now moves to the House for final consideration. The bill now moves to the House for final consideration.

I was glad to hear about this bill. I think the bill acknowledges that many athletes suffer irreversible brain damage when they are put back into the came right after receiving a head injury. When the brain has not healed and is again subject to trauma, the results can be much worse than if there is a period of recovery and healing that separates the two events. I hope that the House recognizes this and passes this bill.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation.

Traumatic Brain Injury Common in War Vets

Traumatic brain injuries, according to Utah’s KSL News, is more of a common injury than we might think. The common mechanism is being too close to a single explosion or to a series of explosions that occur over time. Up to one fifth of veterans are said to suffer from brain injury related to their military service.

Some symptoms of traumatic brain injury, or TBI as it is called, are:

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Cognitive function deficits
  • Memory problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Balance problems

The Salt Lake City Utah George E. Wahlen VA Medical exists to help Veterans who have experience service-related injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. “I think depression was a big part of it trying to cope with the new way my brain works now.

The KSL story concludes by saying: “in the vast majority of cases, individuals who sustain a mild traumatic brain injury will completely recover in a matter of weeks to months.”

Based on my experience with those who have experienced brain injuries, I know that this is not accurate. While individuals do improve up to about 12-18 months following their brain injury, most who have experienced a serious brain injury will continue to have symptoms 18 months after their injury. I wish the majority of brain injury patients healed that quickly and permanently. But they don’t. That’s why I think it’s critical that the VA provide continued services for Vets who experience brain injuries during military service, and not just provide treatment or services for only a few months past their brain injury date.

For more, accurate information about the effects of brain injury, contact the Brain Injury Association of Utah. http://www.biau.org

Ron Kramer is a Utah brain injury attorney who assists brain injury victims who have been injured by another’s negligence or carelessness. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation.