Help for Cincinnati Head Injuries

A Bengals linebacker tackles the opposing team's quarterback, crashing him to the ground. A Cyclones hockey player smashes into the boards.

A Bengals linebacker tackles the opposing team's quarterback, crashing him to the ground. A Cyclones hockey player smashes into the boards. A Reds pitcher takes a line drive straight to the head. Playing sports increases your risk for head injury, particularly concussions, and a new study at the University of Michigan plans to follow athletes from the time they're in high school through possible professional careers to determine the long-term effects of head injuries. "There has been considerable attention paid to concussion recently, by the media and others, spurred by reports of National Football League players, hockey players -- people who have had a long history of contact -- having a very particular kind of dementing illness," said one of the researchers, associate professor of neurology Jeffrey Kutcher, M.D., in a university press release.But not only professional athletes are at risk for concussions. With spring just around the corner, Americans are taking advantage of the beautiful weather. If you're heading outside to play sports or take a ride on your motorcycle, one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from a head injury is by wearing a helmet. Follow these tips from the Mayo Clinic to ensure you and your family are as safe as possible:

Check for a seal of approval. Organizations like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell Memorial Foundation approve safe helmet designs. Make sure your helmet fits correctly. If you can move the helmet more than an inch in any direction, be it front to back or side to side, it's not safe. Use the sizing pads in the helmet to make it more secure. Those with long hair may want to buy a helmet with a specific port for ponytails. Even if the helmet straps block your vision just a little bit, don't buy it. Find a helmet that allows you to see everything going on around you and allows other motorists to see you. Brightly colored helmets are the best, and you may be able to find one that comes with lights or reflective strips. Fasten the chin strap below your chin, not to the side.

Of course, not all head injuries can be prevented. If you or a loved one has suffered a in the Cincinnati area and you need help dealing with your insurance company, attorney Barry Rothchild can help. "[The insurance company wants] to make sure that they resolve the claim as quickly as possible at the most minimal cost," Barry said. "Don't trust the insurance company, because they're not going to give you a fair deal." For more information and FREE LEGAL ADVICE,

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