Your child may suffer a serious brain injury in a car crash or other accident. Learn common causes of childhood brain injuries and how to help your child.

Your Child May Suffer a Devastating Brain Injury Caused by Another Party’s Negligence

The only thing worse than suffering an injury yourself in an accident is seeing your child be injured, especially if it is a serious injury. One of the most catastrophic injuries your child can suffer is a brain injury that changes the course of his life. He needs your help to cope with his injury, to ensure that he receives needed treatments, and to pursue his claim for compensation with the negligent party’s insurance company.

What Are the Causes of Accidental Brain Injuries in Children?

Brain injuries are caused by an impact to the head, penetration of the skull, or a jolt to the body that rattles the brain. It is a leading cause of death in children and sends many more to emergency rooms, hospitals, and at outpatient facilities every year. Common causes of childhood brain injuries include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Being hit by a car
  • Falls from playground equipment
  • Sports injuries
  • Child abuse

Child Brain Injuries Are Different From Adult Brain Injuries

When a child’s brain is injured in an accident, the effects can range from a mild bruise to more serious injuries like a concussion, internal bleeding, and traumatic brain injury. In some cases, such as a mild concussion, a child may experience loss of alertness or awareness for a few minutes or up to a few hours. Other more serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, can cause long-term symptoms that can have devastating consequences on his life. A few of these symptoms include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Mobility problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems with memory
  • Difficulty expressing emotions
  • Personality changes
  • Mood swings

While the symptoms of a brain injury are similar in children and adults, the effects on their functional abilities can be very different. An adult’s brain is fully developed while a child’s brain is not. As a result, a brain injury can be more devastating for a child. The symptoms may not even fully emerge until a child grows older and experiences more pressure at school and in social interactions. However, a brain injury can severely impact a child’s ability to learn, engage in social interactions appropriately, and take care of his daily needs as he moves into adulthood. This can have long-term consequences for the child and his family.

Did your child suffer a brain injury caused by negligence? He may be entitled to compensation for his medical expenses, future loss of income, and pain and suffering. While receiving a settlement from the negligent party will not erase the brain injuries your child must live with, it can help to pay for the medical and financial care that he could need now and in the future. To learn more about his legal options for compensation and how we can help, call our office to schedule your free consultation.