According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents in the United States. Children under the age of four are exceptionally susceptible to traumatic brain injuries because their skulls are still fully developing. Furthermore, children who suffer brain injuries are highly likely to suffer lasting effects. On average, one in 500 school children require hospitalization as a result of their brain injuries, and one in ten of the hospitalized children will suffer impairments as a result of their injuries. If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury, call an experienced Haralson brain injury lawyer today at the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.
There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries in children, as children are by nature less prudent than adults. Particularly high risk causes of brain injuries include:
- Riding a bicycle, scooter, or skateboard
- Playing sports
- Climbing on playground equipment
- Jumping on trampolines
A child should wear a helmet or other protective gear when participating in high-risk activities whenever possible.
The lasting effects of traumatic brain injuries in children can be difficult to recognize or understand. Even after a child appears to be fully recovered, he or she can experience cognitive difficulties that can make schoolwork and social interaction difficult. The child may have difficulty with problem-solving, remembering things, reading, choosing the correct words to say, understanding and carrying out instructions from a parent or teacher, walking, balancing, or other activities requiring physical coordination, paying attention, socializing, completing tasks in a timely manner, or seeing or hearing. These symptoms can have significant and lasting effects on a child’s life for years to come.
If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is possible someone else is responsible. It is important to consult a Haralson brain injury lawyer to see if you can get reimbursed for your child’s injuries. Call The Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.