When most people think about head injuries like concussions it is often in conjunction with contact sports or motor vehicle accidents. The reality however is that it is possible to suffer a brain injury while participating in a variety of activities. The 27-year-old daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne can personally attest to that after she recently received a brain injury.
Kelly Osbourne reportedly sustained a concussion this past weekend while dancing at a Miami nightclub. Her mother explained the incident on her show The Talk. Apparently the man she was dancing with tried to perform the dance move known as a dip. As she was dropped down, her head made contact with an amplifier.
The accident reportedly split her head open. After first returning to her hotel, when she fainted twice, she was transported to Mercy Hospital in Miami. At the hospital she was diagnosed with a concussion. She also received stitches to close up the gash on her head.
Though she is reportedly now at home recovering, brain injuries such as concussions can be serious. Some people who sustain injuries to their brain must deal with side effects for the rest of their lives.
When someone is suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) those side effects can be serious. Things such as the person’s ability to communicate may be affected. The person’s personality may also change after sustaining such an injury.
When the brain injury is the result of negligent behavior on the part of another person, financial compensation may be available to the injured person. Nothing can be done to undo the infliction of the injury but sometimes a financial settlement can make it easier to concentrate on healing.
Source: People, “Kelly Osbourne Recovering From a Concussion,” Tim Nudd and Liz Raftery, Nov. 7, 2011