Traumatic brain injuries can happen to anyone, even Formula 1 racecar driver Michael Schumacher.
Schumacher has spent more than the last 110 days in a coma. He fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing. Even though he was wearing a helmet, which shattered into three pieces, he is still fighting for his life from the head injury. Doctors say if he had not been wearing the helmet, he would not be alive by any definition.
The accident has shaken the ski industry badly. Those who ski at any level are wearing helmets more than ever, according to a New York Times article. In fact, 70 percent of skiers are sporting helmets (about triple the number from 2003), but the gear has not reduced the number of fatalities or brain injuries.
A troubling 2012 study by the Western Michigan University School of Medicine revealed that head trauma incidents increased by 60 percent between 2004 and 2010 — the same time period when helmet use was on the rise. While helmets do reduce the likelihood of wounds like scalp lacerations, they do not avert concussions and traumatic brain injuries, the more fatal accidents.
Helmets are not the security blankets they are made out to be. If they are not made to actually protect a wearer’s head, defective or negligent manufacturing might have come into play. If you’ve been in this situation, speak to an injury lawyer and find out what your legal rights are.