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Head Injury Attorney Talks About Struggles of Second Impact Syndrome

Lehe suffered two football injuries six years ago that caused him to fall into a coma with massive brain swelling and an irregular heartbeat, according to a Jan. 1 ABC news report.

adopt a family programCody Lehe suffered Second Impact Syndrome in 2006 when he suffered two consecutive injuries during game and practice. According to a Jan. 1 ABC news report, Lehe deals with the effects of those traumatic brain injuries to this day, six years later, as he struggles with memory issues and is unable to walk on his own. The report states that Lehe initially had severe headaches after a helmet-to-helmet hit during a football game.

However, he returned to go back to practice a few days later and took a shoulder hit during that session becoming a victim of what doctors now call Second Impact Syndrome, the article states. Second Impact Syndrome occurs when an individual has a second concussion before healing from the first. Although his teammates thought he was having a seizure, Lehe was slipping into a coma with brain swelling and an irregular heartbeat, the report states. Lehe was in the hospital for nearly 100 days and during his time there suffered serious and potentially life-threatening health issues including cardiac arrest, hypotension, pneumonia, renal failure and a bacterial infection, according to the article.

Although Lehe still has short-term memory issues, problems walking on his own and balancing, his family members say he is alive against all odds and is the subject of a case study published this month in the Journal of Neurosurgery, ABC reports. According to doctors interviewed by the news channel, Second Impact Syndrome has a 90 percent mortality rate and often affects teenagers because their brain is still "immature" and has not completed its development.

"I wish this young man the very best on this tough road to recovery," said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. "It is heartening to hear that Cody Lehe regained his ability to speak and that he continues to make progress after this type of head injury."

Bisnar says Second Impact Syndrome is something that could affect young adults who have suffered a traumatic blow to the head such as in a car accident or motorcycle accident after an initial concussion. "This is why it is critical if you've been involved in any type of accident to get a complete checkup and not to ignore your injuries, even slight symptoms. It is not a good idea to ignore symptoms such as dull headaches or dizzy spells. These are symptoms of traumatic brain injuries and Cody Lehe's case is an example of how a concussion can evolve into a life threatening or catastrophic situation."

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Types of Head Injuries

  • Concussions: This is when an individual suffers a blow to the head and experiences an instant loss of awareness or alertness. Some victims of concussions may lose consciousness for seconds, minutes or even hours. Recent studies show that those who suffer more than one concussion, especially as a result of sports injuries, may face long-term consequences such as victims of more severe traumatic brain injuries.
  • Skull fractures: A skull fracture is a break or crack in the skull bone. Individuals may suffer a linear skull fracture (a break that does not result in bone movement), depressed skull fracture (part of the skull is sunken in from the trauma), a diastatic skull fracture (breaks along the suture lines in the skull) or basilar skull fracture (break in the bone from the base of the skull).
  • Intracranial hematoma: This is when the victim suffers a blood clot in or around the brain. Depending on the type of hematoma injury, the victim may experience minor to life-threatening symptoms.
  • Diffuse axonal injury: This is when the brain is injured due to a shaking movement. Diffuse axonal injuries can occur as the result of a car crash, a fall-related accident or due to other causes such as shaken baby syndrome.
  • If you or a loved one have suffered from any of the above injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, know your rights and contact an attorney today.

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