Traumatic Brain Injury in Childhood
Brain injuries, regardless of age, should always be dealt with immediately and monitored closely. The damage this injury inflicts is usually worse in children than it is in adults, however. While the symptoms all age groups experience are not dissimilar, the long-term impact on a child can be quite different, largely because a child’s brain is still in its developmental stage.
How Common are Brain Injuries Among Children?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of disability or death in children in the United States and are typically caused by falls. Among children 14 years old and younger, there are about 435,000 emergency department visits per year, and 2,685 deaths, all resulting from a brain injury.
Child Brain Injury Symptoms
As previously mentioned, symptoms do not differ much between adults and children. The difference is that children are not usually able to articulate some of the more subtle symptoms that an adult would readily take note of and explain to a doctor. Some of these symptoms include:
- Short-term memory deficits
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty with reading and writing
- Mood swings
- Vision problems
The severity of any symptoms greatly depends on the extent of the damage as well as the location of the injury.
Child Brain Injury Recovery
In children, the course of recovery is usually difficult to predict, though early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention can help decrease the severity of a child’s symptoms. It was once assumed that children might have an easier time recovering from a brain injury, given the “plasticity” of a younger brain, but research has since proved this is far from the case. In fact, a brain injury can be more devastating to a child, though it might not be immediately obvious.
Some children suffering from a brain injury could potentially face lifelong physical challenges or difficulties in their capacity to think and learn or understand socially acceptable behavior. Common deficits a child might experience in the months following a brain injury include impaired judgment and difficulty processing information.
Returning to School After a Brain Injury
When it is time for a child to return to school after a brain injury, it is important to plan it carefully. The school should thoroughly evaluate the child, which should help inform parents what their child’s educational needs are and if an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is necessary to address those needs. This plan can and should be flexible, ready to accommodate further changes in the child. Parents should also work with a medical team to further understand their child’s injury and treatment plan.
Brain Injury Lawyers in Dallas, Texas
If your child has sustained a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another individual, it is vital to secure experienced and skilled representation to handle your case. This type of injury can often result in a need for long-term specialized care and expensive medical bills. This is already an undoubtedly difficult time for you and your family and you should not have to bear the financial burden. At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, our Dallas brain injury lawyers will fight to hold those responsible for your child’s brain injury accountable.
Our firm does not see you as another case. We are not just here to give you legal counsel, but to support you during this time of great need and distress. As your personal injury attorney, we will ensure your child is seen by specialists who can provide an accurate diagnosis to help facilitate a proper recovery and strengthen your case for financial recovery as well.
Call Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP today at (214) 301-5007 to schedule your free consultation.