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What Happens When a Child Sustains a Brain Injury?

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As a parent, you want to protect your child from everything in the world, especially harm. Unfortunately, accidents can’t always be avoided, and your children can get hurt. When they sustain minor injuries, healing can be easy, and they can return to normal rather quickly. However, if they suffer from a brain injury, their entire lives could change in an instant.

If someone else’s negligence was the cause of your child’s brain injury, then you could use the help of a Philadelphia brain injury lawyer to help you hold them accountable for their actions. Your child deserves justice. We’ll fully investigate what happened so that we can determine how they were at fault and calculate how much you’re owed in damages so you can be compensated for the pain caused to your child.

Long-Term Effects of Childhood Brain Injuries

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) reports that each year, there are about 435,000 emergency room visits, 37,000 hospitalizations, and 2,500 deaths in children ages 0 to 14 from brain injuries. Many of these injuries are caused by car crashes, sports injuries, falls, and physical abuse. As a result, brain injuries are the leading cause of disability and death in children in the United States.

When a child suffers from a brain injury, your main concern as a parent should be helping them make a full recovery. However, that’s not always possible with a brain injury. While staying hopeful and optimistic can help a child heal, it’s also important that you are realistically informed as a parent about how this injury could affect the rest of your child’s life.

Here are some of the long-term effects that a brain injury could have on your child, as described by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):

  • Physical. Your child could experience temporary or permanent changes to their physical abilities, like in their balance and other motor functions. They could also experience headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and seizures from head trauma.
  • Sensory. Your child’s senses could change as a result from their brain injury. Depending on where the injury occurred and how severe it was, it could alter your child’s still-developing brain chemistry, and cause them to have changes in their vision, taste, hearing, and other senses for the rest of their lives.
  • Cognitive. An injury could change the way your child thinks. Their ability to pay attention, executive functions, information processing, memory, and learning could all be negatively impacted.
  • Speech. Language, speech, and voice are all parts of the brain that can be affected by head trauma. Whether it’s through speaking or writing, a child could lose their ability to speak, regress, or have trouble continuing to learn how to speak or write after a brain injury.
  • Behavioral. Your child could have changes in their behavior after a brain injury. While they’re healing, they likely have to rest, but they might have behavioral problems that keep them from sleeping or make them less receptive to you telling them what to do. They might suffer from behavioral outbursts that they have trouble controlling as well. This ties into the next change because it is likely caused by emotional disturbances caused by the injury.
  • Emotional. Lastly, your child could have emotional changes after their brain injury. Emotional problems like anxiety, depression, mood swings could all be the result of head trauma that changed their brain chemistry. Your child could be having trouble controlling their emotions and need help relearning how to deal with emotions after a brain injury.

The brain is a complex organ, especially for children because it’s still developing. An injury to the brain could be debilitating and change a person’s life—let alone a child’s life. That’s why it’s important to get medical attention right away after a head injury—the more quickly your child is evaluated and receives treatment, the more quickly they can begin healing. Once they’re on their healing journey, the better chance they have at making a full recovery.

Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco Can Get Justice for Your Child

When your child has suffered from a brain injury that was caused by someone else, they deserve justice. Whether another person was negligent and caused a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall, or any other kind of accident that caused head trauma for your child, they need to be held responsible for their actions.

At Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco, we understand that you’re likely trying to pay your bills, your child’s medical bills, and might have lost wages from missing work to care for your child. Our Philadelphia brain injury lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve to help you pay your bills and continue focusing on getting back to caring for your child.

Reach out to our office today so we can get started working for you.

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