Can A TBI Have Long-Term Effects on Children?

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Brain-related injuries can be severe and interfere with the brain's normal function. This can be particularly concerning for children because, unlike adults, their brains are still developing, so damage to a younger brain can lead to serious long-term effects. These types of brain-related injuries are typically a result of a violent blow, bump or jolt to the head due to many things, including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, or falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 435,000 children between the age of 0-14 visit the emergency room for brain-related injuries. TBIs in children can range from moderate (commonly known as a concussion) to severe, potentially resulting in memory loss or unconsciousness.

Long Term Effects

Parents of children who sustain TBI at a young age usually worry about the long-term effects of the injury and how it can challenge their child in life. Some associated impacts include:

  • Challenges learning in school
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anxiety
  • Speed of processing information
  • inhibition
  • Depression
  • reasoning
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Other psychological effects

Dealing with long-term effects of TBI

Although not all children who experience TBI show deficits, it is common for those who sustained more severe damage. The thought of dealing with long-term effects after learning your child has sustained brain-related injuries can be scary, but there are ways to cope healthily. Creating optimal family environments is beneficial for children recovering from these types of injuries. Behaviors to include in your home for optimal settings include:

  • Open and honest communication
  • Mutual respect
  • Affection and appreciation
  • Cooperation and teamwork
  • Emphasizing the importance of quality time

Get Help

If you or someone you know has a child who may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury, it is crucial to seek medical attention right away. You don't want to worsen the damage by not being seen by a medical professional. Once a doctor has examined your child, contacting a skilled attorney should be your priority. Reviewing the details of your case with a legal professional can be beneficial when ensuring you understand all aspects and are aware of any legal options you may have to seek compensation. Here at James Wood Law, we have a team of trusted attorneys dedicated to your case's success.

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