Illinois Brain Injury Legislation Under Consideration

The Illinois General Assembly is considering legislation aimed at a problem often under the radar screen-sport-acquired concussions. The all-too-common brain injuries are dangerous for any number of reasons, including the fact that they often strike our community’s youth.

According to the Kane County Chronicle, a hearing was recently held regarding proposed legislation that would create uniform head-injury policies throughout the Illinois High School Association. In addition the bill proposes education efforts aimed at raising awareness of the concussion problem with student-athletes, coaches, and parents.

Of course, football remains the most dangerous sport for brain injuries. The head-to-head contact frequently sends young players to the hospital with a variety of brain concerns. Besides one-time brain problems, the repeated contact also has slow, long-term health effects for many young athletes. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a disorder that is caused by repeated brain injuries-it involves the buildup of proteins at the center of the brain.

This legislation coincides with some helmet manufacturers efforts to improve safety. Many of the companies have come under pressure for inadequate designs that have knowingly led to far more brain injuries than should occur with proper helmet creation. Some Illinois brain injury lawsuits have been filed against those manufacturers for problems which often heave deadly consequences.

Our Chicago brain injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are experts in understanding the legal issues following mistakes that lead to injuries of this kind. The causes of brain injuries are varied and can include poor manufacturing, as in this case, as well as hospital errors that lead to permanent brain damage. Following these accidents, it is important to know how medical bills will be covered, that insurance procedures are underway, and that the injured victim will survive financially regardless of the loss in ability to work.

It is for those reasons that we encourage you to contact experienced Illinois injury attorneys so that all of these issues are handled properly.

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