Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children. Brain injuries are particularly serious for children. Almost half a million children are treated at emergency rooms each year for brain injuries.
When a child receives a head injury, there is always the possibility of damage to the brain. The symptoms of a brain injury may be evident immediately, while other symptoms may take days or hours to appear. Some common symptoms of brain injuries include headaches, confusion, nausea, ringing in the ears, fatigue, sensitivity to noise or light, dizziness, and loss of consciousness. Most brain injuries are diagnosed through MRIs, CT scans, x-rays, or other tests.
While any blow to the head can cause a brain injury, there are some common causes of brain injuries in children. About half of all brain injuries in children are caused by falls. Car accidents are the second leading cause of brain injuries in children. Abuse is the third most common cause of brain injuries in children.
For some children, brain injuries may heal very quickly and only require rest as treatment. Other children may need brain surgery and could have lifelong disabilities as a result of the injuries. Parents of children who suffer brain injuries should evaluate all their legal options after an accident.
Call the Kennedy Law Firm if your child has suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by another person.