Among some of the most difficult injuries to diagnose, treat, or prove in a personal injury case, are brain injuries. Unfortunately, children are among those who are the most at risk for a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”).
Playing school sports is one way in which children frequently incur brain injuries. These injuries can be anything from a mild concussion to a severe blow to the head that causes the child to lose consciousness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009, almost 250,000 children and adolescents aged 19 and younger received treatment for sports and recreation-related TBIs and concussions.
The long-lasting effects of a TBI are difficult to quantify. In addition, diagnosing a TBI can often be difficult. This is because brain injuries can’t be “seen.” They often do not show up on MRIs or scans. Plus, TBI symptoms don’t always show up right away. When they do, the fact that the child is suffering from a brain injury might not be obvious. Some TBI symptoms can be as common as a headache. may take weeks to
Long-lasting effects of TBI are difficult to quantify because brain injuries affect a person’s ability to think and process information. For children (and their parents) the long-term effects of a serious brain injury can be devastating. A serious brain injury can affect a child’s development. Research shows that the more serious the head injury, the more difficult it is for the individual to return to normal.
While you can’t put your child in a protective bubble, there are some things that parents can do to try to protect their children from brain injuries. For example, always make sure that your child is riding in a proper-fitting car seat or is wearing a seat belt when riding in the car.
If your child rides a bike or plays a contact sport or participates in a high-risk sport like horseback riding, make sure he has a properly fitting helmet designed for that particular sport.
Even a minor bump to the head should be taken seriously.
If your child’s injury was caused due to the negligence of another person, you should consult with brain injury counsel without delay.
If your child or someone you know has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another, contact us. We are personal injury and brain, injury attorneys. We offer free consultations. Our offices are Baton Rouge, and we serve Baker, Gonzales, Port Allen, New Orleans, Zachary, and several other cities in Louisiana. To schedule your free consultation, call ToDay at 225-200-0000 or contact us here.
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