Protect Your Child From These Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
All parents know that children are bound to get hurt because they are veritable balls of energy, running, jumping, and nearly flying everywhere. While bumps, scrapes, and bruises are to be expected, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are another story. When a child suffers brain damage, his or her whole life can be adversely impacted due to the consequential development of cognitive and emotional issues. The frightening thing is that TBIs can be caused by something as simple as a fall.
According to a recent study by New England Journal of Medicine, the leading cause of TBIs in children, or individuals under the age of 18, is falls. Children under 2 years of age are especially vulnerable – 77 percent of brain injuries in this group are the result of falls! Fortunately, this figure gets cut in half for children between 2 and 12, although 38 percent is still significant.
As children get older and enter their teen years, the causes of TBIs change. For children between 13 and 17, the leading causes of TBIs include assaults, sports, and auto accidents. Bicycle accidents used to be among the top causes, but their frequency has dropped steadily over recent years, thanks to an increase in the use of helmets.
As for auto accidents, they may still rank high, but that doesn’t mean the situation hasn’t improved. In fact, the prevalence of seatbelts and airbags have brought the number of severe TBIs down significantly. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 98 percent of head injuries seen in emergency rooms are classified as “mild.”
However, keep in mind that the term “mild” refers to the force or impact causing the trauma, NOT the effects. Even a mild TBI can result in symptoms that last for a year or more, including fatigue, memory loss, poor concentration, feelings of depression, and other symptoms that are far from being negligible.
If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident or other incident caused by another party’s negligence, please contact Wilshire Law Firm for legal assistance. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages during recovery, pain and suffering, and more. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, you may have two years or less to file your claim before the statute of limitations expires. So don’t delay – call us today at (800) 522-7274 to receive a FREE comprehensive case review.