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Concussion incident rates rise in California

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has suggested that increasing numbers of E.R. visits are related to concussions and head trauma. According to the report, E.R. visits for traumatic brain injuries leapt by 29.1 percent between 2006 and 2010.

Scientists from the Harvard Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine sampled data from more than 950 hospitals. They focused on patients seeking care for unspecified head injuries, lacerations, concussions, skull fractures and contusions.

Over the four-year period of study, researchers observed an 8 percent uptick in skull fracture treatments, a 22 percent leap in concussion treatments, and a 38 percent hike for unspecified head injuries seen in the E.R.  At the same time, the percentage of patients routinely discharged after E.R. care jumped from 75.2 percent in 2006 to 81.3 percent in 2010. Better, more accurate diagnosis? Medical negligence as patients are seen in shorter and shorter amounts of time?

It is possible that Americans are simply growing more conscious of head injury risks. Before, during and after prominent lawsuits, national media channels flood airwaves with information about football, soccer, volleyball and other sports-related head traumas. The number of actual head injuries may also have increased across the nation.

Not sure if your head injury was properly diagnosed and treated? Still struggling to cope on a daily basis? Seek experienced legal counsel and find out if you have a medical negligence case.