TBI in Children may have Long-lasting Consequences
Children prove to be resilient and seem to bounce back from injury at a faster rate than an adult with the same injury. However, when it comes to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), the opposite may be true. The pliability of a baby’s soft skull, combined with their rapidly growing brain actually puts them at a greater risk for future problems. Louise Crowe, the lead author of an Australian study that looked at the impact of traumatic brain injuries in children as young as 2, found that while children with significant head injuries do eventually recover, many have difficulty learning concepts and high-level skills. It was found in the study that TBI could affect cognitive function, IQ and even behavior.
Traumatic Brain Injuries occurs after the head take a serious blow or jolt and disrupts the normal function of the brain, this often happens in car accidents. One in every 30 people will sustain a TBI by the time they reach the age of 16. According to the CDC, young children, under the age of 4, are at particular risk for sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury. Falling, car accidents, sports, and child abuse can all contribute to TBI.
Another study lead by Vicki Anderson, a professor in critical care and neuroscience research at the Murdoch Institute, followed 40 children between the ages of 2 and 7 who had experienced TBI. To no surprise, the study found, that the children who suffered from the more severe head injuries had the worst cognitive outcomes. However, after the brain recovered from the injury, and up until 10 years after, the children began to make some age appropriate development gains. This shows that even after many years, children can benefit from therapies and interventions.
It is important for all individuals to be aware of the warning signs of someone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury. The following symptoms are of a mild brain injury:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Ringing in ears
If you believe your child may have sustained a brain injury, it is crucial to have them checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible to ensure they receive the care and treatment they need in an appropriate amount of time.
Contact Miami Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer if you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, or anywhere in the State of Florida, you need an experienced Miami medical malpractice lawyer on your side. Contact the Law Offices of Victor Dante to learn more about all of your legal options. Call us at 1-888-920-HURT or 305-949-2526 today to discuss your case.