Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Longer Sit-Out Period Proposed for Head Injuries

Baltimore Personal Injury LawyersConcussions and other serious head injuries often go hand in hand with some of the more aggressive contact sports like football and soccer. If a young athlete suffers from a concussion and does not allow enough time for the injury to heal fully, it could permanently jeopardize the athlete’s long-term health. The concern over concussions has grown in recent years as more and more athletes have suffered serious brain injuries as a result of repeated concussions. As a result, the New Mexico Senate approved a law, which is advancing to the House of Representatives, requiring a longer sit-out period for youth leagues and high school athletes.

In a 35-4 vote, the New Mexico Senate voted to amend the state law, requiring that any player diagnosed with a concussion should sit out for 10 days, as opposed to the current law, which only requires seven days.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, sponsored the measure after hearing about a high school football player in Rio Rancho who sued so that he could play in the state championship game. His coaches planned to have him sit out because they believed he had a concussion. However, a judge, who did not have complete medical information, ruled in favor of the player. The coaches allowed him to suit up, but only put him in the game for one play in order to avoid further injury.

Both democratic and republican senators agreed that the new law would prevent kids from trying to rush back onto the field before a concussion or head injury is fully healed. The bill also reinforces the importance of coaches being vigilant when it comes to head injuries. Protocols for treating brain injuries should be in place for all coaches as well.

The four Republicans who voted against the bill questioned whether the 10-day sit-out period is the solution, considering that the medical research on the treatment of brain injuries is ongoing. However, physicians who testified in support of the bill felt that a 14-day rest period was preferable. They were willing to compromise with a 10-day rest period.

Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Head Injuries

If you or someone you love has suffered a sports-related head injury, the Baltimore personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will fight hard to ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve due to another’s negligence. To schedule a confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

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