A recent study shows that children that suffer a TBI may be more likely at risk of developing other problems later in life.
A recent study published by PLOS has revealed that young people who suffer even a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at a higher risk of developing serious problems such as physiological disorders and premature death, later on in life. In this article, we will discuss the incidents of TBIs in children and adolescents and the relationship between childhood TBIs and development of impairments later in life as shown by the study.
Statistics on TBI in Children and Adolescents
The incidents of TBI in children and adolescents is high. In fact, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents, according to the Centers of Disease Control of Prevention (CDC). The age groups that are at highest risk of suffering a TBI are 0-4 years and 15-19 years. Approximately 62,000 children and adolescents belonging to the age group 0-19 years will suffer brain injuries that require hospitalization annually. On an average, 2,685 deaths are reported in the age group of 0-14 years. Automobile accidents and sports injuries are responsible for the largest percentage of TBIs followed by child abuse. As many as 1,300 children suffer serious or even fatal brain injuries from child abuse each year.
For the purpose of the study, long term data of cases in which the patients has suffered at least one mild TBI or concussion were analyzed by researchers from University of Oxford, United Kingdom. The patients, born between 1973 and 1985, were on an average of 13 years when they sustained injuries. After the reached the age of 26 years, they were followed for around 8 years.
The researchers found that TBI was linked to psychiatric treatment, premature death and low educational achievement. It was also found that these individuals were more likely to become dependent on public assistance such as disability and welfare. Among these individuals, the risk of being diagnosed with some psychiatric disorder in the adulthood was 10% and the chance of premature death was 2%. The chances of these individuals requiring hospitalization for a psychiatric disorder in adulthood were double compared to their siblings who did not suffer a TBI when young. They were 80% more likely to become dependent on TBI compared to their siblings.
The authors noted that the causal relationship between TBI exposure in childhood and impairments in adulthood is clear, so preventive strategies targeted at children and adolescents are necessary.
Seeking Compensation for Your Child’s TBI
Traumatic brain injuries however minor, may have long lasting and disabling effects on a child’s life. The child may require long term treatment and lifelong care depending on the severity of injuries. This can mean a huge financial burden for their families. So, it is important that appropriate financial compensation is sought for the injury.
If your child has suffered a TBI due to the negligence or carelessness of another, contact a Chicago traumatic brain injury lawyer to understand their rights and get help with your claim. At Willens Law Offices, we are experienced attorneys that can help you in every step of your case. Call us at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form to request a FREE consultation.