Many Massachusetts parents encourage their children to participate in group sports, which can be beneficial to their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual health. Unfortunately, sometimes participation in sports can leave children with brain injuries that can have long-term negative effects on their health and wellness.
Professional athletes are at risk for injuries on a regular basis. The sports they play in Massachusetts stadiums or elsewhere usually involve physical contact or pushing themselves to the limit. Doctors are typically on-site to care for the athletes, though failure to make an accurate diagnosis can sideline a player. Boxing is especially hazardous, as the intent of the sport is to harm the other person. For one Russian heavyweight, a medical mistake means that his life will never be the same.
There are many causes for a traumatic brain injury. In some cases, a car accident or assault can do major damage. In others, a North Adams physician’s negligence can result in the brain injury. As far too many veterans are learning, the war is causing these injuries, and a recent report shows that medical staff are failing to diagnose the condition.
When a pregnant woman visits a hospital to have a baby, it is unlikely that there will be complications. Most full term pregnancies in Massachusetts and across the country result in a healthy child. Even if a woman undergoes a C-section, modern medicine and proper doctor training have rendered this procedure to be generally safe for the mother and baby. However, when an obstetrician or other doctor makes a mistake handling a labor and delivery, the result can be catastrophic. A baby can suffer severe brain injuries that can prevent him or her from ever living a normal life.