TBIs in Children

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is typically a result of a violent blow or jolt to the head. These injuries are more severe than others because they affect how the brain works.

TBIs can range from moderate to severe, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they are the leading cause of death and disability among young children in the United States.

What Causes TBI in Children?

Many things could cause a child to suffer a TBI. Common causes of these injuries include:

  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Car accidents
  • Child abuse

A study done by John Hopkins Medical revealed that young boys are twice as likely to experience a brain-related injury than young girls are. These injuries are more common in the spring and summer months when kids are usually the most active with outdoor activities like skating, riding bikes, or scooters. Generally speaking, TBI in children due to sports isn't usually life-threatening but can still occur in competitive sports like soccer, football, hockey, or basketball.

Symptoms of TBI in Children

If your child is experiencing a brain-related injury, you may notice symptoms such as:

Physical Signs

  • Sensitivity to lights
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Ringing in ears
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Loss of consciousness

Emotional Signs

  • Irritable
  • Emotional
  • Sad or nervous
  • Impatient
  • Outbursts

Sleep

  • Change in sleep pattern
  • Sleeping less/more
  • Troubles staying asleep
  • Troubles falling asleep

Cognitive

  • Confusion
  • Poor judgment
  • Falling behind in school
  • Memory issues
  • Slow thinking or procession

Diagnosis and Treatment

Depending on the severity of the injury, if your child is diagnosed with a TBI, they may have to undergo a physical and neurological evaluation. Their doctor will assess things such as:

  • Thinking
  • Mood
  • Behavior
  • Vision
  • Concentration
  • Memory
  • Balance and coordination
  • Muscle strength
  • Reflexes

The early stages of treatment for TBI are simply to rest, to let the body and brain strengthen. Once your child has had adequate rest (based on the severity of the injury), they can slowly return to normal activities over time with the proper treatment. Treatment for these injuries typically includes behavioral therapy, counseling sessions, or rehabilitation.

Contact a Lawyer

If your child has experienced a TBI as a result of someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Working with a skilled legal professional can help you understand the details of your case and any potential options you may have. Here at James Wood Law, we have the experience you need to fight your case. Let us help you.

Contact us at (505) 906-6774 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.

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