It is not uncommon for a crash victim in Colorado to refuse a medical evaluation after a car accident because he or she sees no apparent injuries. However, many injuries are hidden at first, and when the damage becomes apparent, the victim might not link it to the car accident. For example, a penetration injury to the skull will automatically receive medical attention. At the same time, violent stopping and the impact of a collision could cause whiplash and an invisible brain injury that might not receive the careful medical evaluation and prompt treatment they require.
Every day, thousands of individuals undergo surgical procedures. While some of these procedures are necessary for the Colorado resident to maintain quality of life, many of them are considered elective and performed for minor or even cosmetic reasons. The individual undergoing elect surgery does know that there are risks involved; however, the possibility of such surgery leading to brain injury often does not seem to be a realistic concern.
This is the time of the year that brings masses of visitors to Colorado. Colorado's world-class ski resorts are their destinations, but with more people on the slopes, more accidents occur -- some resulting in catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury. Statistics show that 14 lives were lost on the ski slopes in Colorado in 2016.
A recent worldwide study has renewed attention in Colorado and across the United States to the dangers of head injuries in children. The study tracked the progress of over a million people who had suffered a brain injury when they were young. These ranged from traumatic injuries to mild concussions. The study found that head injuries occurring when a person is very young may result in serious complications in adulthood.
Denver readers may have heard about a fatal accident that occurred earlier this month in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood involving a mother and her two children. The crash reportedly occurred when a car turned into the family as they were in the middle of a crosswalk.
After an accident in Colorado, a driver should never immediately leave the scene. The driver must wait for law enforcement to arrive and also attempt to provide reasonable aid if there are any victims who were injured in the car accident. Fleeing an accident can have serious repercussions in and of itself.
Many parents who have children involved in contact sports always worry about the worst-case scenario. There is always a fear that a child can suffer permanent damage to his or her limbs or a brain injury. Colorado parents take every precaution that they can and place the rest of their trust into the coaches and the protection that is given to their children to wear. The problem remains, if a child does get hurt, who or what is to blame?