Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most common sports-related injuries. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related TBIs occur in the United States yearly. While many of these are minor cases, several require surgery, hospitalization, and long-term rehabilitation.
Most sports-related TBIs impact children under 16, with football seeing the highest number of injuries. However, when it comes to extreme sports, over 50 percent of TBIs occur while skiing or snowboarding.
January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month and a great time to strengthen your commitment to safety. If you plan on hitting the slopes, wear a helmet, stay inbounds and on groomed trails, and know which hills are within your skill set. These things can help prevent an accident. In addition, always ski or snowboard with a partner and remain close to medical help. These things can help minimize damage if you are involved in an accident.
Understanding Your Rights
Ski resorts have several legal protections. It is not always possible to hold the owners and operators of ski resorts accountable for injuries that occur while riding. However, when an injury is the result of a third party or can be linked to gross negligence, victims may be entitled to seek compensation.
The best way to determine if you are qualified for legal action is through a one-on-one consultation with one of the TBI lawyers at Kline & Specter, PC.
Our firm boasts more than 50 attorneys, five of whom are also medical doctors, giving us a leg up when it comes to severe injury. Some of our most notable TBI verdicts and settlements include:
- $49 million for a young man who suffered TBI following medical malpractice
- $42 million for the family of a child who suffered brain damage during delivery
- $30 million for a child who suffered brain damage following an anesthesia error
- $20 million for a college student who suffered a brain injury after a delayed response from nurses
- $19.65 million for a woman who suffered a brain injury following a delayed diagnosis
The attorneys at Kline & Specter have the experience and background necessary to investigate accidents, establish liability, and help victims get justice. If you have sustained a TBI and need legal counsel, please call 215-772-1000 to learn more about your rights. We maintain offices in New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. We can work with firms outside of these jurisdictions when needed.