Our brains consist of cells that do not have strong regenerative properties,
meaning that any damage done may be permanent or take decades to physically
heal. Due to this long-lasting effect of
traumatic brain injuries (TBI), children who have suffered a TBI are often impacted more than an
adult and will experience the symptoms for longer periods of time, if
not the rest of their lives.
A TBI to a child disrupts their minds, which are literally and figuratively
growing. The child’s cognitive abilities and psychological functioning
can be severely impaired, making it difficult or impossible for them to
learn new concepts and develop motor control of their bodies. When their
visuospatial skills and working memory, which enable them to perform tasks
and respond to feedback, are damaged by a TBI, they may struggle in school
and fail to hold a job as a teenager or adult. Pinpointing and treating
the disruption in brain connectivity between neural networks is incredibly
difficult for neurologists and neuroscientists, especially since any sort
of operation is generally far riskier on youths.
Helpful Hints to Prevent Childhood TBIs
The subtlety of brain injuries may lead some parents to falsely believe
that their child is fine because they “seem fine on the surface.”
Diagnosing a brain injury early may reduce its final impact. But preventing
a TBI in the first place is even better.
If you have a child, please keep these safety tips in mind to help protect them:
Never forgo helmets: If your child rides a bike or participates in sports that require a helmet,
provide them with a properly fitting one and ensure they wear it whenever
necessary. This may mean purchasing several helmets throughout the years
as your child ages but it is certainly worth it.
Buckle up correctly: You should never drive a vehicle in it with any passengers unbuckled. For
children, you will need to secure them in child safety seats until they
are old enough to do without them.
HealthyChildren.org has useful information regarding child safety seats if you are unsure
which one is right for your child.
Click here for more details.
Poolside safety: Nonfatal drowning incidents often lead to permanent brain damage due to
a lack of oxygen for an extended period of time. Closely monitor all children
near or in pools to prevent drowning incidents.
Legal Action After an Injury
If your child does suffer a head or brain injury, the lifelong consequences
could require lifelong and costly finances to treat. Filing a lawsuit
against the liable party may be able to grant you maximized compensation
that helps you pay for medical options and procedures. For professional
help filing your claim,
contact Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. and our Toledo personal injury attorneys today.