Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children. However, brain injuries do not have to be severe to cause long-term damage. Instead, studies suggest children may be more likely to experience a host of issues after a brain injury – some of which could be lifelong. If you are concerned about the future of a child who has recently sustained a brain injury, the following information may help to ease your mind.
Children and Traumatic Brain Injury
Children under the age of four and adolescents are at an especially high risk for long-term issues because of brain development peaks during these life stages. However, children of all ages may be at risk for certain long-term traumatic brain injury side effects, including:
- Cognitive deficits or delays,
- Persistent headaches,
- Withdrawal from family or friends,
- Memory problems,
- Mood swings,
- Behavioral issues,
- Difficulty concentrating, and
- Falling behind in school.
Helping Your Child Recover from Traumatic Brain Injury
Recovery after traumatic brain injury is often a long and difficult road. You and your child may both become frustrated, sad, or even angry over the situation. However, it is important that you remember who the victim is – and that you listen to your child so you can appropriately respond to their needs. For example, your child may be afraid of what the injury means for their future. Rather than hide the prognosis from them, discuss it in terms that they can understand. Be optimistic, but also honest. Ask open-ended questions that require more than a yes or no answer, and give your child time to talk. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for them is to listen.
Parents are also encouraged to follow all instructions that have been provided to them by their physician regarding care. Typically, this will include lots of rest, avoidance of any high-speed or high-risk activities that could cause a secondary injury, and avoidance of certain activities that may require concentration. Further assessment may also indicate the need for physical therapy, speech therapy, or other forms of long-term treatment.
Contact Our San Diego Child Injury Lawyers
Although there are many situations that can lead to brain injuries in children, motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common. If this happens to be the case in your situation, know that you may be entitled to compensation for any losses that you or your family have experienced. Dedicated to ensuring you get a full and fair settlement, Martinez & Schill, LLP can assist with your child injury claim. Schedule a personalized consultation with our San Diego child injury lawyers today to learn more.