For children who have suffered personal injuries in car accidents, as a result of a defective product, or through the negligence of nannies or babysitters, the long-term effects of these injuries may not always be apparent. This is especially the case in pediatric traumatic brain injury. Because a child’s brain continues to develop well into his or her twenties, it can sometimes be years before parents and family understand the full effect of a child’s traumatic brain injury.
Families of children report having a range of difficulties—from difficulties in finding the right kind of long-term care for a developmentally delayed child, to facing the challenges of helping a son who has had behavioral difficulties and trouble focusing in school.
According to BrainLine.org it can often be many years before the full effects of traumatic brain injury in children are fully recognized. For individuals in the middle of litigation for their children’s personal injuries, this fact is very important. Families and personal injury lawyers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, such as The Law Office of Brian K. Branch, often have to take into account the future effects of an injury when determining the value of a settlement or when considering how much to demand from negligent parties. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help families find the right kind of medical professionals who can better help families determine the severity of brain injury and offer realistic estimates of the long-term cost of care.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, traumatic brain injury is the number one killer and cause of disability in children in America. Every year, about 62,000 children suffer traumatic brain injury as a result of car accidents, falls, sports related injuries, or from physical abuse. Many of these injuries could have been prevented through safe driving, proper care of premises, better vigilance from caregivers, nannies, and pre-schools, and from proper safety equipment use in organized sports.
Unfortunately, the effects of traumatic brain injury may not always be recognized immediately. Children who have memory difficulties or who have behavioral issues in school may be mislabeled by teachers and counselors. Even traumatic brain injury care providers note that the long-term communication and cognitive effects of traumatic brain injuries are not fully known and there is often a lack of recognition about how traumatic brain injury can impact a child’s life and ability to learn. Additionally, there is a great deal of debate about best practices regarding course of treatment for children with traumatic brain injury.
Children who have suffered from personal injury in Albuquerque, New Mexico, may “look okay” but may actually be suffering from serious challenges as a result of their injuries. Research has also found that younger children may be more vulnerable to the more severe effects and challenges of traumatic brain injury. These children may have additional difficulty developing social, developmental, cognitive, or behavioral skills.
So, what can parents do if their children have suffered a personal injury resulting in traumatic brain injury? For one, parents can seek out proper medical treatment and assessments. Seek the advice of a skilled neurologist and make sure that proper cognitive tests are performed.
The kinds of tests that are performed are also important. Self-report-based testing may not be sufficient, and in some cases, a brain scan may be in order. Recent research performed in the Journal of Neurotrauma found that relying only on patient self-reports through cognitive tests may offer results that could actually underestimate the length of time it could take for patients to recover. Detailed brain scans can offer skilled medical practitioners a better indication of the level of gray matter loss in some patient’s brains.
Parents can also become better informed about the signs of traumatic brain injury. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, some common signs of injury include: speech difficulties, perceptual difficulties, paralysis, issues with balance or fatigue. Children who suffer from traumatic brain injury might also experience short term memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and problems writing, planning, or reading. Emotionally, these children may experience mood swings, lack of motivation, or restlessness.
If you suspect that your child may have suffered traumatic brain injury, it is important to make sure that he or she gets necessary care. Sadly, testing and treatment can be cost-prohibitive for most families. If your child has suffered a personal injury due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation to help you receive the best long-term care for your child. When your child’s health and future is at stake, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico working on your side. Visit www.bkblaw.net or call 505.764.9710 today.
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