According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries suffered in the U.S. every year. Most of those injuries result in at least emergency room visits. Some 280,000 result in the patient being admitted to the hospital and about 50,000 people die of their injuries every year.
Football isn't the only sport in which players are at risk of brain injuries.
Victims of traumatic brain injuries can experience a number of conditions or symptoms - some of them long-term and others short-term, and some of them that show up right away while others are revealed much later. Because of the varied effects of brain injuries, and the fact that brain injuries are not completely understood by the medical community, it is very difficult to assess the true cost of brain injury treatment. Those who sustain brain injuries in California should always seek medical treatment as soon as possible, and they should also seek legal representation in order to obtain compensation for medical expenses from any responsible parties.
Brain injuries can result in serious complications for years to come, whether they were the result of a car accident, sports injury or another mishap. However, while traumatic brain injury deaths from car accidents have dropped a full 40 percent since 1980, health officials say brain injuries suffered by people under 19 during sports and recreational activities increased by 60 percent between 2001 and 2009.