Children play hard and it is impossible for parents to prevent the injuries that are likely to occur as the result of their rough and tumble behavior. While many of these may be no more than minor bumps, bruises, or scratches, it is important to be alert for the signs of something more serious. In the summer months, children are busy in parks and in engaging in recreational sports, which increases their risk of suffering bumps and blows to the head. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result. A Virginia personal injury attorney knows that the following are signs and symptoms to be alert for.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries Among Children
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries to the head and brain are one of the most common causes of death and disability in the U.S. and children are among those most at risk. More than 350,000 suffer some type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Among the leading causes include:
- Slips, trips, and falls on sidewalks and in playgrounds or public parks
- Sports-related injuries, caused by being struck by equipment or by interactions with other players
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle injuries
- Acts of violence and altercations with other children
Even a seemingly minor bump, blow, or jolt to the head can end up resulting in serious brain injuries, with symptoms that may take days, weeks, or even months to appear.
Signs of Brain Injury in Children
If your child suffers any type of suspected head injury, it is important to seek medical care immediately. Not doing so could cause serious complications, including death and the potential for lasting disabilities. The Mayo Clinic advises that the signs of brain injury can be subtle, particularly in children. Symptoms to be alert for include the following:
- Loss of consciousness, even for only a few seconds
- Inability to remember details surrounding their accident or the moments leading up to it
- Difficulty speaking or understanding what is being said
- Excessive fatigue and drowsiness
- Lack of coordination and inability to walk steadily or perform other movements
- Blurred vision or ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light and loud noises
- Increased anxiety and agitation
- Mood-related disorders, such as depression, fits of anger, or rage
Increased isolation and withdrawal from friends or family activities is another common sign that can occur as the result of a brain injury. Unfortunately, these types of injuries in children can end up having lingering impacts on learning and development, while any subsequent head injuries can end up causing permanent brain damage.
Contact Us Today for Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the pain and losses that were a result of that injury. Our Virginia brain injury attorneys have successfully represented many accident victims and their families and would be happy to meet and discuss how our firm may be able to help. We also provide a free traumatic brain injury guide that provides important information about Virginia’s brain injury law and other legal questions regarding pursuing an injury claim. Call Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp today.