How to Respond to a School Concussion

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 11:25am PDT

A concussion comes from a head injury that jars the brain, causing slight head trauma and a headache. This can be a serious injury, or the child might recover in a day or so. Regardless of the severity, your child’s concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury and can be serious. Children and adolescents at school are among those with the greatest risk for a concussion. This is because these brain injuries can result from a fall or when a student’s head comes in contact with hard objects.

Playgrounds are full of different places that kids may hit their heads or take a tumble. Because of this, concussions most often happen at recess or PE. When a child gets a concussion, it can stall or damage their brain development and needs to be addressed quickly. You will want to assess the situation right away. Check to see if your child’s eyes respond to light regularly, and make sure that you are monitoring that child. Next, be alert for signs and symptoms.

If a child is continually dizzy, nauseous, or showing other signs of discomfort, it may because the concussion is more serious than you thought. If it seems like there is a concern, contact a health care professional. All school personnel should be briefed on the ABC’s of concussion response, and should follow them whenever necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that children and teens are not only more likely to get a concussion, but take longer to recover from one than an adult does.

If your child received a concussion at school because supervisors were being negligent, or did not receive proper medical care because of a school supervisor’s apathy, then you need to talk to a lawyer at the Lanier Law Group, P.A. about seeking damages. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. In addition to obtaining damages for your medical bills, you want to hold your school accountable for their faults.

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