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The issue of serious brain injury in sport and the failure to protect payers, has again been highlighted by two incidents in top level European football.
In a match between Napoli and Udinese, goalkeeper David Ospina collided with a Udinese player and after a brief on pitch check-up, he was allowed to continue playing until he collapsed on pitch with no other players around him, over 30 minutes after the initial clash.
In another match, just a few days before, another goalkeeper, Lyon’s Anthony Lopes, was allowed to play on for 11 minutes after a collision with a Barcelona player before being substituted.
Both incidents serve to show that brain injuries such as concussion are still not being treated with the appropriate concern and caution within the top ranks of football.
The brain injury association, Headway, have highlighted this with Chief Executive Peter McCabe saying “FIFA’s protocols clearly state that if concussion is suspected – not clinically diagnosed – but suspected, the player should be removed from the field and not allowed to return. This is to not only protect the player from a secondary blow to the head, which could exacerbate the injury, but also to recognise the often-delayed presentation of symptoms.”
Clearly these protocols are not being followed by some clubs.
Headway are running a campaign to make people more aware of the dangers of concussion as cause of traumatic brain injury with their “If in doubt, sit it out!” campaign aimed at all competitors in sport, both amateur and professional.
However, concussion can be caused by any manner of situations and in some cases you may be entitled to make a brain injury claim. This could be through being the victim of an assault, or even through receiving an injury in the work place. If you find yourself in this situation, you should employ the services of a specialist traumatic brain injury lawyer to ensure you receive the best advice and take your claim forward to a successful conclusion.
Our brain injury solicitors at Blackwater Law are specialists in their field and have extensive experience in dealing with these types of claims. We can offer expert knowledge and understanding of your situation and injuries, and will do our best to help you feel comfortable throughout the process and help you to receive compensation to help you continue with your life.