A teenage boy has died following the impact of dual concussive type injuries whilst playing a rugby match.
Ben Robinson, 14, of Carrickfergus Grammar School was involved in several tackles during the course of a match against Dalriada, and was briefly knocked out by one of these incidents early in the second half of play. The coroner has stated that suffering two such injuries within a limited timeframe was probably the cause of his tragic death.
Ben Robinson’s particular case has been diagnosed as “second impact syndrome”, and constitutes the first occasion that such a case has proved fatal within Northern Ireland. This condition occurs when a tremor stimulates the brain to swell rapidly before it has fully recovered from symptoms left behind by a previous injury. This ultimately lethal blow can take place minutes after the initial accident, or equally it can happen in the following weeks. Most cases of the syndrome are related to young people, and second impact syndrome invariably leads to the death or severe disabling of the sufferer.
The parents of the deceased have strongly argued that their son should have been taken off the rugby pitch far earlier that he was, and they have stated their beliefs that an adherence to more modern concussion guidelines would have saved their son’s life. Ben Robinson was seen holding his head several times during the course of the match, and his later death has left the community in a state of shock. The Irish Rugby Football Union is expected to take these comments into account, and use them a vehicle to drastically improve the management of concussion complaints in the future.
The Irish Rugby Football Union has stated that injuries of the nature suffered by Ben Robinson are very unusual within rugby as a whole, but head injuries are certainly not an uncommon occurrence within the UK as a whole. Not all head injuries prove to be fatal, and here at Blackwater Law we are committed to supporting anyone who has suffered from a brain injury caused by a head trauma. Our specialist team has more than 45 years experience when it comes to dealing with head injury claims, and each individual case is sympathetically dealt with on a no-win, no-fee basis. Please call us on 0800 083 5500 and we will be pleased to provide you with any further information that you require.