While the effects of a traumatic brain injury on a child can mirror those of an adult, the impact can vary in terms of functionality. A child’s autonomy is not an exact reflection of that of an adult. A child’s brain is constantly developing and thus his or her cognitive impairments may not be immediately apparent. The effects of a traumatic brain injury will usually take several years to become apparent. Regrettably, these implications can create lifelong consequences for children in terms of education and day-to-day activity. Ultimately, a traumatic brain injury will affect entire families, schools, and even communities. This article will provide an insight on how traumatic brain injuries will affect the life of a child and his or her immediate family.
If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a negligent party, it is important to know that you have the legal right to pursue a lawsuit against the liable party. A child should never have to suffer lifelong consequences as a result of a careless party that failed to reasonably care for the prevention of a hazard. Speak to a proficient and skilled personal injury attorney that has experience in dealing with traumatic brain injury cases. A proficient attorney can guide you through your available legal options and champion for your and your child’s rights.
Nationwide Statistic Reports of Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to data obtained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, head injury is the leading cause of disability and/or death in minors in the nation. The two most prevalent age groups susceptible of undergoing a brain injury are between the ages of 0-4 and 15-19.
Among those age groups, thousands of children sustain severe brain injuries that require hospitalization as a result of the following:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Recreational activity accidents
- Physical abuse
Traumatic Brain Injury: Symptoms and Impairments
Traumatic brain injury symptoms and/or impairments will vary in degree depending on the type of incident that caused the injury. Traumatic brain injuries will typically range from mild to severe, thus making it difficult to predict necessary recovery time. It is important to understand that with any head-related injury, an early medical treatment will lessen the severity of potential symptoms and impairments. The following conditions are some of the most common results of a traumatic brain injury in a minor:
- Cognitive Impairments
- Short-term memory loss
- An impaired concentration
- Delayed thinking
- Decreased attention span
- Perception impairment
- Difficulty in communicating
- Difficulty in reading and writing
- Physical Impairments
- Vision deficit
- Inability to speak
- Hearing loss
- Loss of motor coordination
- Muscle spasms
- Emotional Impairment
- Mood swings
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty in controlling emotions
Traumatic Brain Injury in Minors, Seek Proficient Legal Support
When a child has suffered a severe and traumatic brain injury, his or her entire family will likely undergo lifelong lifestyle adjustments. Regrettably, extensive medical treatments combined with time taken from work can quickly result in significant monetary distress. When a child has been injured as a result of another’s negligence, it is important to fight for financial compensation. While monetary compensation will do little to bring the child back from life-altering health issues, it will ease the family’s burden in order to make the child’s life more comfortable. Seek the advice of a skilled attorney that has experience in dealing with traumatic brain injuries. A knowledgeable attorney will champion for the rights of your child and help you cultivate a strong claim against the negligent party.
Attorney Richard Rhode is skilled in the field of traumatic brain injury cases. He is dedicated to helping victims of negligence obtain financial compensation for their grievances. Traumatic brain injury claims in the state of California are time sensitive; seek proficient legal support as soon as possible.