Good News for Port Charlotte Athletes: Florida Head Injury Bill Passes

by Carmen Dellutri on April 11, 2012

Port Charlotte personal injury attorneyAs Port Charlotte injury attorneys, we are pleased that the Florida Legislature has passed a bill aimed to help prevent head injuries among Florida student athletes. The bill passed unanimously and now heads to the desk of Governor Rick Scott to be signed into law.

Senate Bill 256 is designed to protect injured athletes from returning to the game too soon. According to the Center for Injury Research and Policy, more than 40 percent of high school athletes who suffer concussions return to play before recovering completely. This is potentially very dangerous given that head injuries can have profound effects on children with developing brains. In extreme cases, injuries can even lead to death.

“I heard personally from concerned constituents about the lack of awareness regarding head injuries and the proper precautions,” said the bill’s sponsor, Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami. “All too often, athletes get back in the game without fully considering their injuries and the potential for long-term cognitive deficits. I am very proud of the strides that were made today to help protect Florida’s student athletes and am thankful for the broad support from both sides of the aisle.”

The bill grants the Florida High School Athletic Association and coaches’ associations the authority to create rules for removing student athletes when brain injuries occur, and it establishes a policy to return players back to the field or court only after receiving a doctor’s authorization. The bill is supported by the National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association and echoes similar bills passed in thirty other states.

Source: WTXL.com

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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