Brain Injuries, Children, and Long-Term Outcomes
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an often-catastrophic injury that can have a variety of effects on victims depending on the exact location of the injury on the brain and the extent of the damage to the brain tissue. While this injury can have significant cognitive, physical, and behavioral effects on a victim of any age, children can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of a brain injury.
The bodies of children are constantly developing, and their brains are no different. Any damage to the brain can cause problems in their developing systems that have lasting and perhaps lifelong effects. While the outcome of each brain injury will vary from one young victim to another, it is important to realize how serious this injury can be for children who are still developing.
Causes of Brain Injuries in Children
Statistics indicate that about 564,000 children under the age of 19 went to the emergency room for brain injuries in a single year. An estimated 62,000 more were hospitalized for TBIs. The main causes of these brain injuries for young people include the following:
Challenges for Young Brain Injury Victims
Children who sustain a serious brain injury often take a hiatus from school in order to rest and allow their brain tissue to heal. Some victims may require extended time in the hospital or surgery. Even after they return to school, however, the signs of their brain injury may linger and cause problems with communication, emotional control, cognitive processing, and more. Many professionals may be needed to help a child with a brain injury, including:
- Speech therapist
- Rehabilitative therapist
- Physical therapist
- Special-needs school liaison
- Social worker
Many children who suffer brain injuries may never return to their previous physical or cognitive abilities, which can affect their earning power throughout their lives.
Call a Brain Injury Attorney at Abels & Annes in Phoenix Today
Determining the value of the losses suffered by a child with a serious brain injury is complicated. To ensure you and your child receive full compensation from the liable party, you should not wait to call the brain injury lawyers at Abels & Annes in Phoenix. We are here to help, so call us at 602-819-5191 for a free consultation.