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West Virginia senator focused on preventing child head injuries

The outcome of a brain injury suffered in a motor vehicle crash, a slip-and-fall accident or while playing a sport may be devastating for victims in West Virginia. Brain injuries may result in minor concussions, requiring individuals to limit their activities for a few days while they recover. But brain injuries may also result in serious health complications and long-term damage. Traumatic brain injuries may cause victims to suffer permanent impairments, and a serious brain injury may even result in death.

Because brain injuries may have such devastating effects on victims and their families, it is important to prevent folks from suffering brain injuries. According to one West Virginia senator, a simple solution to preventing brain injuries is to pass legislation that would improve helmet and equipment safety standards while also prohibiting helmet and sporting equipment manufacturers from making misleading claims about the safety of their products.

Last month, it was reported that U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is sponsoring the Youth Sports Concussion Act. The federal legislation promotes setting new safety standards for helmets and other sporting equipment that are meant to protect players from injuries. The federal legislation also promotes cracking down on manufacturers when manufacturers provide consumers and parents with misleading information about the safety of children's sporting equipment.

By making sure equipment is safe, those who support the bill believe that more children could be protected from suffering concussions and other injuries during practices and sporting events. Although one minor concussion may not be harmful, suffering multiple concussions or a severe concussion could cause children to become disabled, either temporarily while they spend months or years recovering, or permanently.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else's negligence, you may need to obtain compensation for medical bills, therapy costs and lost wages. In order to make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you may be entitled to recover, you may want to consider the benefits of working with an attorney who will fight to protect your interests.

Source: Claims Journal, "West Virginia Senator Sponsors New Head Injury Legislation," May 24, 2013

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