Childhood Brain Injury Effects Can Be Long-Term
Two recent studies highlight the dramatic effects children can suffer from a traumatic brain injury, which could occur as a result of an automobile accident, trip and fall or any other incident in which the child suffers a head trauma.
Although children are usually known for resilience, they may have harder time recovering from a head injury due to the fact that their brains are still developing. Therefore, the effects of a childhood brain injury can leave them with long-term, and sometimes permanent, deficits and cognitive problems.
There are two studies published in the February 2012 issue of the medical journal Pediatrics, which highlight the risk of permanent problems from a child’s brain trauma. In one study, Australian researchers found that while children who suffer a mild brain injury usually recover, it is hard to predict the ability of a child to bounce back from a more severe head trauma. Most of the children examined were found to experience long-term problems.
In the other study, researchers indicated that the most common side effects of childhood brain injury were lowered intellectual function and behavior problems, which many parents may not initially recognize as an effect of the trauma. While environmental factors played a strong role in both, testing found that children with moderate to severe brain trauma tested lower than those with a mild brain injury, and they were also more likely to show behavioral dysfunction.
The studies highlight the importance of consulting with a qualified and experienced traumatic brain injury attorney following any accident or personal injury involving a potential trauma to a child’s head. What may appear to not be a severe injury at first, could leave children with long-term complications and problems.
Every year in the United States, about 1.4 million people suffer a brain injury. Such injuries are a leading cause of death and disability, especially among children and young adults.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEYS
The most common causes of a traumatic brain injury include fall injuries, auto accidents, being struck by an object, work-place injury and bicycle accidents. In many cases, such incidents may be the cause of the negligence of another person or corporation.
The traumatic brain injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals who believe that they may have suffered damage as a result of a head trauma that may have been prevented with the exercise of reasonable care. All cases are handled by our law firm on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire an attorney and we receive no fee unless we win.