Georgia Brain Injury Attorney Shane Smith Explains the Challenges Minors Face with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Auto accidents and other personal injury incidents can truly change someone’s life in a matter of seconds. For children this is especially true because a traumatic brain injury, no matter how it’s sustained, can impact a child’s ability to learn and therefore their ability to obtain a skill to lead a respectable life for themselves.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, children who suffer a brain injury will need accommodations for the emotional and educational needs in and out of school. Depending on how severe the accident was and how extensive the brain injury is, a student may need to have physical accommodations in addition to learning and emotional support. Parents need to work with the child’s medical provider and their school district, individual school and all of their teachers and aides. There are some tips that will help your child’s individual needs be addressed optimally:
- Make it a point to develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
- Contact your school to see what resources are available for students with traumatic brain injuries.
- Keep track of your child’s medical treatment and what medical professionals recommend you and the school does for your child.
If your child is going to college, you need to make sure that there are proper accommodations for your child during their educational experience there. As there are more and more resources since more people are going to college, it is essential to make sure you speak with the appropriate college departments for your child.
There are some things that you can do as a parent to keep your child safe. These steps can be taken by anyone and will protect your child from suffering severe injuries, including a traumatic brain injury:
- Make sure your child wears a seat belt each and every time when they drive or are a passenger.
- For younger children, make sure you or the person transporting them uses an appropriate type of car or booster seat for your child’s size. Also, make sure the car or booster seat has not been in an accident already as you only want to use one that has been passed according to safety standards.
- When not in a car, make sure your child is not exposed to any hazards that might enable them to trip, fall or otherwise injure themselves including their head.
If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a negligent party from an auto accident or another personal injury incident, don’t wait any longer to speak with a Berkeley Lake brain injury attorney. When you call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 you will be able to schedule your free legal consultation and learn about all of the legal rights you are entitled to.