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Do you suffer from a repetitive head injury? This happens when your brain is subjected to successive traumas.

Over the years, this kind of injury has been associated with contact sports where players frequently suffer concussions. Even once the concussion has subsided, the subsequent concussions can be damaging. These repetitive head injuries can result in long-term functional and cognitive problems.

Brain injury cases can be complex. Often, repetitive brain injuries are so microscopic that defense teams will argue their existence. Our New York head injury lawyer at Dansker & Aspromonte has ample experience building successful cases in this field. We collaborate with medical experts to create a map of the damage a brain has endured.

Different Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

There are two primary types of a traumatic brain injury:

  • Second Impact Syndrome – this kind of injury will occur before the symptoms of the first injury have subsided, usually within hours, days or weeks. On the second impact, a victim will be momentarily stunned and then collapse. Second Impact Syndrome can result in comas, brain death, and death.
  • Dementia Pugilistica – this results from a buildup of several brain injuries over an extended period of time. Sufferers will slowly lose their mental abilities and memories, may have speech impairments, tremors, and develop socially inappropriate behaviors.

Sports Injuries Are the Leading Cause of Recurrent Head Injuries

Sports injuries have been the focus of research on recurrent brain injuries. Certain contact sports put participants at a higher risk for head trauma, including:

  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Skiing
  • Boxing
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling

While these often happen to high school students, anyone whose daily activities increase their risk of head trauma are at risk of repetitive brain injuries. Workers in the construction industry and people who drive frequently are also at a high risk for brain injuries.

Repetitive Head Injuries and Their Physical Impact

Even the most minor of concussions can be hazardous. Repeat concussions that occur before a patient has fully recovered from the first concussion can be life-threatening. These concussions can lead to rapid brain swelling, in turn, causing a coma or death.

Even after a concussion has healed within 6 – 18 months after an injury, the subsequent consequences can be damaging. Recurrent head injuries can result in functional and cognitive deficiencies.

The Long-Term Effect of Repetitive Head Injuries

People who have experienced recurrent brain traumas could develop severe illnesses, such as:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Alzheimer’s

One of the most significant effects of this kind of injury is that victims could potentially develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This is a chronic neurological condition that is caused by a build-up of protein in your brain. It has been associated with boxers since the 1920s and is commonly known as “punch-drunk syndrome,” another term for dementia pugilistica.

The symptoms of CTE may not make themselves known for months or years. Common symptoms include:

  • Changes in behavior and mood
  • Violent and explosive behavior
  • Difficulty performing cognitive tasks

The Ins and Outs of a Brain Injury Case

Proving a severe brain injury can be a challenging task. Repetitive head injuries are so microscopic that they don’t often show up on MRI scans.

Our expert lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte work with a series of experts, including:

  • Neurologists
  • Brain surgeons
  • Clinical psychologists

These experts will conduct the necessary tests to identify neurological and cognitive deficits associated with trauma to the brain.

If you, or someone you love, has experienced recurrent head injuries, get in touch with our office to speak to one of our lawyers about your options. You can get in touch online or via 212-732-2929.

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