Child Brain Injuries

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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the leading causes of accidental death and disability in children. Even a minor TBI can result in significant changes to a child’s cognitive skills and concentration. This is due to the fact that a child’s brain is still developing and is especially vulnerable to injury.

If you believe your child’s injury is due to someone else’s negligence, contact our experienced child injury lawyers immediately. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD SUFFERS A BRAIN INJURY

Traumatic brain injuries require immediate medical attention as they can worsen overtime resulting in long-term debilitation and death. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine if a brain injury has occurred as symptoms may not be immediately evident or easy to detect. This is especially true for young children, toddlers, and infants.

If you suspect that your child has suffered a brain injury or if you believe your child may have suffered any kind of impact or injury to their head, the best course of action is to have them checked out by a healthcare provider as soon as possible. They can determine if an injury has occurred, the extent of that injury, and the best course of action in terms of treatment. If your child’s injury was the result of negligence, the next step is to contact an experienced child injury attorney. An attorney can help establish your claim to compensation, ensuring your child is able to receive the medical attention they need.

CHILD BRAIN INJURY STATISTICS

The following information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Among children ages 0 to 14 years, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result in an estimated 400,000 emergency department visits each year.
  • Between 2001 and 2009, the number of sport-related concussion and sport-related TBI emergency room visits involving children ages 19 and under rose by 57%.
  • Children aged 0 to 4 years, older adolescents aged 15 to 19 years, and adults aged 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a TBI.
  • Almost half a million (473,947) emergency department visits for TBI are made annually by children aged 0 to 14 years.
  • Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually. Of them 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an emergency department (CDC).
  • TBI is a contributing factor to 30% of all injury-related deaths in the United States (CDC).
  • Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related death in children and young adults ages 5- through 24-years

WHAT ARE THE LEADING CAUSES OF BRAIN INJURIES IN CHILDREN?

Children can experience traumatic brain injuries from a variety of causes and many times could have been prevented. Some common causes include:

  • Sports injuries
    • Sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children and teens.
  • Auto accidents
    • Among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes and traffic-related incidents were the third leading cause of TBI (14.3%). One out of four TBI-related deaths were caused by a motor vehicle accident.
  • Falls
    • Falls continued to be the leading cause of TBI (40.5%) in the United States. Falls cause more than half (55%) of the TBIs among children aged 0 to 14 years and 61% of all TBIs among adults aged 65 years and older.
  • Assault
    • Assaults produced 10.7% of TBIs in the general population; they accounted for only 2.9% in children aged 0 to 14 years and 1% in adults aged 65 years old and older.
  • Struck by/against an object
    • Between 2006 and 2010, the second leading cause of TBI was the act of being struck by or against an object. According to the CDC, being struck by or against an object was the culprit in 15.5% of TBI cases

DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE SYMPTOMS OF A BRAIN INJURY?

Symptoms your child may exhibit if he or she has a brain injury include:

  • Changes in pupil size
  • Chronic or severe headaches
  • Coma
  • Fluid draining from nose, mouth, or ears
  • Fracture in the skull or face
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Low breathing rate
  • Memory loss
  • Behavioral changes
  • Paralysis
  • Restlessness, clumsiness, or lack of coordination
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness
  • Speech and language problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting

If your child is showing signs of any of these symptoms, you should seek medical help immediately.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILD BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEY

At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s brain injury case. If your child has been the victim of a traumatic brain injury, contact our offices. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to one of our offices, we will send an attorney directly to you. Call us today for a free legal consultation.

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Your Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following an accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

A child injury case may be brought when an individual under the age of 18 is injured due to the fault of another person or organization. Examples of a child injury case include car wreck or semi-truck accidents, dog bites, daycare or caretaker abuse/negligence, birth injuries, burns, choking, drowning, or any other personal injury. The most serious child injury cases involve permanent injury or death. A guardian, usually the child’s parent, is appointed by the court to bring a lawsuit (if necessary) on the child’s behalf.

The first and most important thing is obtaining proper medical care. Once the child’s injuries are being professionally addressed if there is a belief that the injury was the fault of someone else, or because of a defective product or unsafe condition of the property, an immediate investigation should begin. This is most often undertaken by skilled investigators and experts in consultation with skilled personal injury legal counsel. Often evidence that is crucial to proving fault for an injury can be easily and quickly lost. It is very important to preserve all possible evidence and to obtain photographs.

No. The laws have changed dramatically in recent years to protect child injury victims. Even in civil cases involving molestation, the identity of the child will be protected and the child will not be able to be cross-examined in the way the people sometimes see on TV and in the movies. The parent or guardian for the purpose of the litigation will be more involved in the lawsuit, and the child will usually be able to live their normal life without the lawsuit interfering in any significant way. In most instances, a case will settle outside of court and a lawsuit will not be necessary.

Private schools differ from public schools in that they do not receive immunity. For instance, if your child is seriously injured on the playground or on an off-campus field trip, parents may sue the private schools due to negligence and receive compensation for their child’s injuries.

Did you know that if your child is injured at a public school the school may not have to pay any damages for your child’s injuries? Public schools are protected in some situations by governmental immunity. If your child has been injured due to public school negligence, contact our offices. Our experienced child injury attorneys will help determine if your child has a case against the school.

In most cases, you won’t know whether your circumstances give rise to a valid medical malpractice claim until you have talked to an experienced birth injury lawyer. Doctors and medical facilities are governed by detailed professional standards of care during prenatal, delivery, and postnatal stages of pregnancy and birth. Anytime medical professionals fail to follow accepted procedures, injuries can result, and the doctors and hospital can be held accountable for medical malpractice.

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