Gwinnett County Brain Injury Attorney I Children’s Special Needs & Traumatic Brain Injuries
Whether you are driving your children to school, to a family gathering or an afternoon out to run errands, the last thing you have on your mind is getting into an accident. Unfortunately, countless innocent victims are involved in serious motor vehicle accidents throughout Georgia. The most innocent victims, our children, can suffer serious injuries which include traumatic brain injuries.
According to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. there are some sobering statistics regarding our children from newborns to adolescents to young adults. The two groups most at risk for a traumatic brain injury are newborns to four-year-olds and those aged 15 to 19-years-old. Minors suffer over 475,000 traumatic brain injuries every year – this equals one injury every 21 seconds. These are just some of the terrible statistics that parents continually have to worry about. Motor vehicle accidents are just one type of personal injury incident that children can suffer. Traumatic brain injuries can occur at school, at a store, a hotel, the local playground or even a playmate’s house – parents can never be too careful when it comes to ensuring the safety of their children.
Traumatic brain injuries can alter your children’s emotional state and impact their ability to learn and become self-sufficient in later life. Parents should be proactive regardless of the impact their child’s traumatic brain injury.
If your child cannot express him or herself, verbally and physically, your child may have a low self-esteem and not progress socially in school. There is technology including voice-activated computers and speech-to-text software to let your child express themselves if there speech is compromised or they have an inability to write. Modified eating utensils are available for children to use to give them a sense of independence. Parents can work with their medical providers and school officials to make sure their children have the proper tools to achieve their potential and make sure they can be as independent as possible
After the physical impact and medical evaluation, you child may or may not exhibit any medical or learning issues. Depending on the severity and circumstances of the traumatic brain injury, severe cognitive and physical symptoms may manifest. Based on the individual short and long-term medical prognosis of your child’s traumatic brain injury, your child may need educational accommodations. This may include, but is not limited to:
- More time taking tests
- Having a tutor for one or more individual subjects
- Aides to move around the school
Since education is a right for every American, it is essential to make sure you work with your doctor and school officials to ensure your child has all proper accommodations to make sure your child reaches his or her potential. If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident or another personal injury incident, you may have a claim. You need to speak with a Norcross brain injury attorney. Don’t wait any longer to speak with a Georgia brain injury lawyer today by calling the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.