Children and Traumatic Brain Injuries from Accidents

Children are our more vulnerable counterparts. They depend on their parents, or adults in general, to keep them safe as they grow through life. Some children are more accident prone than others or expose themselves to greater risks through sports or similar activities. But it isn’t only child-athletes who can have their lives changed in an instant from a traumatic brain injury.

“We hear a lot about concussions when it comes to sports and we should be on the lookout for head injuries, but athletes aren’t the only ones who are at-risk for brain trauma,” said Dr. Ryan Coates, a pediatric neurologist with Loyola University Health System.

Your child could be running through a store and slip on a recently mopped floor; they could be hit by a car backing out of a parking spot, or they could be seriously injured while riding on the back of a friend’s bicycle. The opportunities for a head injury are many.

A brain injury occurs when the head is jostled or impacted. The severity of the injury depends on a variety of factors, including the force of the impact and how the brain moves within the skull. Sometimes, a serious brain injury can happen from falling only a short distance.

The results of a traumatic brain injury can similarly vary—from confusion or a headache that lasts a few hours, to loss of consciousness, dizziness, or loss of memory that can last months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries. And falls can happen when you trip on a crack in the floor or when you fall off a bicycle. A fall doesn’t have to be from a great distance to have life-changing effects.

Parents Watch Your Children Closely

“Parents need to watch their children carefully, especially around stairs and at the playground,” said Dr. Coates. “Make sure your child isn’t doing something that isn’t age appropriate. Following safety guidelines for car seats is important for keeping kids safe as well.”

When children hurt their heads, they should seek medical treatment. One concussion can change a life. Recognizing and treating the injury promptly can reduce the  complications later on down the road.

When you or your child suffer a brain injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Whether it was a car accident, a slip and fall, or a case of poor maintenance on the part of your property manager, you shouldn’t have to suffer for the shortcomings of another person. Contact the brain injury attorneys of The Millar Law Firm today for a consultation on your case.


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