According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents in the country. Nearly half a million of emergency department visits for brain injuries every year involve children under the age of 14. This is just the tip of the iceberg, however, since brain injuries often go on untreated and unrecorded. While brain injuries at any age are serious and require medical attention, it can be even more serious for children since the brain is still in the developmental phase.
The symptoms of a brain injury range depending on the severity of a brain injury and many might not occur in the immediate aftermath of an incident, though they might gradually surface in the days, weeks, or months to come. Some of these symptoms include:
- Trouble with speech
- Short term memory difficulties
- Impaired concentration
- Slow to process information
- Limited attention span
- Muscle spasms
- Mood swings
- Low self-esteem
Treating a brain injury early can help reduce the severity of any symptoms and limit the extent of the damage.
The Effect on Children
The symptoms of a brain injury in children are not dissimilar from what an adult might experience, but the functional impact is quite different, given the developmental stage the brain is in. The delayed longer effects on a child can last a lifetime, creating learning challenges, physical challenges, and difficulty developing socially appropriate behaviors. If your child sustained a brain injury, it is critical to take them to either the emergency department or your family doctor. A doctor will be able to diagnose your child, test for possible damage, and put a recovery plan together.
Miami Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Freidin Brown, P.A. has been representing victims of brain injuries caused by the negligence of others throughout South Florida for over 40 years. If your child suffered a brain injury and another party was at fault, we will fight to help you receive the maximum compensation your child deserves to ensure the best possible recovery.
We offer free consultations. Contact us today at (888) 650-0918.