Pediatric and childhood brain trauma is a distressing reality that many parents may encounter. Accidents, falls, sports injuries, or other incidents can lead to head injuries in children, potentially causing both immediate and long-term consequences. Approximately 500,000 children 14 years and younger end up in emergency rooms each due to a brain injury.
Treating a child for a brain injury is often difficult because children aren’t fully developed cognitively, emotionally, or physically. If this injury occurred because of someone else’s negligence, a Virginia Beach brain injury lawyer can help you evaluate the different legal options your family may have.
Common Causes of Pediatric Brain Injuries
National statistics reveal the following are the most common causes of brain injuries in children:
- Falls – 50.2 percent
- Struck by/against incidents – 24.8 percent
- Motor vehicle accidents – 6.8 percent
- Assault – 2.9 percent
- Other causes – 15.3 percent
Pediatric brain trauma can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Concussions, often associated with sports or falls, may have temporary effects, while more severe injuries can lead to long-lasting cognitive, emotional, and physical challenges.
If a child experiences a head injury, seeking immediate medical attention is crucial. Even seemingly minor incidents can have significant consequences. A healthcare professional can assess the severity of the injury, order necessary tests, and provide guidance on monitoring the child’s condition at home.
Some symptoms of brain trauma may not manifest immediately, making ongoing monitoring essential. Recognizing the symptoms of brain trauma in children is vital for prompt medical attention. Symptoms can include headaches, nausea, vomiting, changes in sleep patterns, irritability, balance issues, behavior, mood, and cognitive difficulties.
Impact on Cognitive and Emotional Well-Being
Pediatric brain trauma can affect a child’s cognitive and emotional well-being. Learning difficulties, memory challenges, and mood swings are common after-effects. Parents should be prepared to work closely with healthcare professionals, educators, and mental health specialists to address these challenges and provide the necessary support.
Gradual Return to Activities
After a head injury, children should follow a gradual return to activities protocol under the guidance of healthcare professionals. This involves a step-by-step process to reintegrate into normal activities, including school and sports, minimizing the risk of exacerbating symptoms.
Emotional Support and Communication
Emotional support is crucial for a child recovering from brain trauma. Open communication, reassurance, and encouragement play a significant role in the recovery process. Parents should foster an environment where the child feels comfortable expressing their feelings and concerns.
Long-Term Monitoring and Follow-up
Some pediatric brain injuries may require long-term monitoring and follow-up care. Regular check-ups with healthcare providers and specialists can help assess the child’s progress and address any emerging issues. Early intervention is key to managing potential long-term effects.
Contact Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp for Legal Help
If your child has suffered a brain injury, it is important to speak to a Virginia Beach brain injury lawyer to find out what legal options you may have for any past, current, and potentially future damages your family may have. Contact our office today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will work diligently to get your child the compensation they deserve, like the $5.5 million structured settlement for one child who suffered a severe brain injury in a truck accident.
For over twenty years, Mr. Sharp's law practice has focused on serious personal injury claims, including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury claims. He also handles nursing home neglect cases and medical malpractice claims. Mr. Sharp has counseled numerous clients about the complexities concerning litigation of both pediatric and adult brain injury. Mr. Sharp has been awarded the AV Preeminent ranking by Martindale, the highly respected and widely utilized directory of lawyers throughout the world. AV Preeminent status is awarded only to those lawyers who achieve the highest level of success within the legal field and is a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers and Judges rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He has also been recognized as a "Best Lawyer" by U.S. News for personal injury, an accolade awarded to only a small fraction of lawyers. Mr. Sharp has also been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Virginia. This recognition is awarded only to those lawyers who have achieved the highest level of success and have been recognized by their peers as demonstrating the highest level of professional excellence.