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How Can You Determine Whether Your Child Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A devastating and life altering event in parenting is when a children’s traumatic brain injury happens. These TBI’s can swiftly turn a life of innocence and promise into one of dependency, learning difficulties, physical impairment and sometimes institutionalization. In addition the medical costs of treatment and rehabilitation of the child are astronomical. The results from a child who has received a serious TBI are endless heartbreak and financial turmoil.

Children’s traumatic brain injury cases are often age related and result from negligence. These injuries are indiscriminate, knowing no boundaries of race or socio-economic status.

  • Newborn infants – Traumatic brain injury to an infant is often perinatal. The cut off flow of oxygen to the newborns brain for a period of time, as with umbilical cord strangulation, can result in lifelong disability. These events are sometimes caused by medical malpractice but may also be prenatal in origin. A skilled traumatic brain injury lawyer will scrutinize hospital records and electronic readings during labor and birth to determine if the cause was prenatal or perinatal malpractice.
  • Infants – One of the most common and also avoidable causes of traumatic brain injury to an infant is shaken baby syndrome. It is a triad of subdural hematoma, retinal bleeding and brain swelling, consistent with injuries cause by violent shaking of the child. Usually out of frustration with the baby’s behavior, a parent or guardian shakes the infant, causing the brain to repeatedly strike the inside of the skull. This can cause traumatic brain injury often leading to death.
  • Toddlers – Falling is the most common cause of children’s traumatic brain injury to toddlers. When not properly supervised or restrained, a toddler can become injured in an instant by tumbling downstairs, falling into a tub, out of a window, off of a balcony or into an inground swimming pool. The child who is underwater for a period of time may survive after resuscitation, but the lack of oxygen may cause serious long term brain damage. Choking may also lead to brain damage due to oxygen deprivation.
  • School Age Children – Boys at this age have a greater chance of receiving a head injury than do girls. This is due to boy’s adventuresome nature. Boys are more likely to climb to high places like trees or roofs where a fall can cause a brain injury. Skateboarding, bicycle racing, sports like baseball and football are just a few of the many activities that can lead to a head injury. Close supervision and protective gear is paramount to the safety of grade school age children.
  • Adolescents and teens – As kids mature they become stronger, faster and more aggressive. Sports at this age play a greater role in serious injuries. Fighting and wrestling can also result in a traumatic brain injury. Drug and alcohol substance abuse may lead to brain damage from overdosing or from an accident. The substance, quantity and frequency of abuse has a direct relationship to the likelihood of an injury occurring.

If a child’s personality, speech, grades, or motor skills have noticeably changed it is cause for concern. Subtle changes in writing or eating should also be noted. Other warning signs are complaints of dizziness, nausea or headache. Children are often reluctant to mention what happened at school or while playing. They may be embarrassed or do not want to go to the doctor. Head injuries do not always have external signs. It is a parent’s responsibility to notice changes and seek medical help for the child immediately.

Children’s Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

If your child was injured due to the negligence of a teacher, coach, counselor, sitter, au pair, or school bus driver or was injured in a poorly maintained playground or sports area, consult with a qualified brain injury attorney to explore your options. If your baby suffered brain damage at birth consult a medical malpractice attorney. A children’s traumatic brain injury can mean dependency for life, high medical and rehabilitation costs and scholastic under achievement. You may be entitled to a large cash award as compensation.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA has a team of attorney’s that specialize in children’s traumatic brain injury. If your child was injured through negligence or malice, call today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to a cash award.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900