Neurology expert witnesses specialize in disorders of the central nervous system such as stroke, epilepsy, brain and spinal cord tumors, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. Traumaticbraininjury.com explains that no two brain injuries are the same with consequences that may be very different. TBI does not heal like other injuries and symptoms may appear immediately or not manifest themselves for weeks. A further complication in treating TBI is that the person often does not realize that a brain injury has occurred.
In NFL Bungles Bengal Punishment, January 14, 2016, neurology expert witness Dr. Brent E. Masel writes:
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body that causes the brain to bounce or twist inside the skull, stretching and damaging brain cells and causing chemical changes in the brain. This movement can result in either a temporary alteration in consciousness (feeling dazed, stunned, or confused) or a loss of consciousness.
Some people who sustain concussions recover spontaneously, but for about 15 percent of those who experience a concussion, it is the beginning of a lifelong disease process that requires medical treatment, including rehabilitation. Players like Vontaze Burfict who intentionally inflict potentially debilitating injury on other players need to be removed from the game for at least one season if not permanently.
Neurology expert Dr. Masel is National Medical Director of the Brain Injury Association of America and President and Medical Director of the Transitional Learning Center at Galveston.
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