Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Legislation for Underage Athletes Suffering from Head Trauma

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is considering a bill that would change how student-athletes compete and practice following a concussion.  This bill, sponsored by State Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) would require all students to be examined and cleared by a doctor following a head injury before they can practice or compete in their sport.  Additionally, coaches will have to undergo concussion training certification courses, and parents will have to sign and review a concussion checklist sheet at the beginning of every new sporting season that their child is participating in. The House is currently examining this bill under their House Education Committee.

Those suffering from brain and spinal cord injuries, especially as a result of an accident at the fault of another may find themselves with lingering, unexpected medical problems that only worsen over time. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon in the world of student-athletes at schools across the country; this is especially true as athletes are pressured to return to the playing field before they are completely healed. Attorney Doug Stoehr has dealt with claims involving brain and spinal cord injuries, and recently settled a case for over $1.5 million involving a severe brain injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.

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