Brain injury is a leading cause of disability and death in children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year around half a million children are treated for brain injuries. Over 35,000 are hospitalized for brain injuries and another 2,000 die from these injuries.
Symptoms of Brain Injury in Children
When a child suffers a head injury, there is always a risk of traumatic brain trauma. While some children may experience symptoms right away, others may not get any symptoms for hours and even days. Each patient can experience different symptoms depending on the severity of the injury and the part of the brain that is injured. Symptoms of brain injury in children include:
- difficulty concentrating
- change in vision
- difficulty balancing
- memory loss
- sensitivity to light or noise
- tinnitus or ringing in the ears
- loss of consciousness
If you child has suffered a head trauma, immediately seek medical attention.
Common Causes of Head Injury in Children
- Falls: More than half of all brain injuries in children are caused by falls.
- Car accidents: Brain trauma from car accidents is the second highest cause of brain injuries. Car accidents are also the leading cause of brain injury-related fatalities.
- Abuse: Around 3 percent of brain injuries in children are caused by abuse. Brain injuries are the third most common injuries that result from child abuse.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Brain Injury in Children
If a doctor suspects a brain injury, scans and tests may be ordered to determine if there is trauma and the location and severity of the injury. Diagnostic tests include MRI, EEG, CAT scan, X-ray, and blood tests. These tests will show if there is any brain swelling, hemorrhaging, or other damage.
Depending on how severe the brain injury is, treatment may be as simple as rest or as complicated as surgery. Even if the injury is seemingly mild and initially requires minor treatment, there may be long-term consequences such as chronic headaches or memory loss.
Seeking Compensation for Brain Injuries
Unfortunately, 20 percent of children who sustain a severe brain injury will suffer life-long disabilities, including cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities. An injured child may need extensive treatment and prolonged care. It is important for parents to seek the appropriate damages from the at-fault person. Speak to a Chicago personal injury lawyer from Willens Law Offices to protect your child’s legal rights. Call us for a free consultation at (312) 957-4166.