Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), traumatic brain injury is one of the most common causes of disabilities in children and young adults. The reports show that approximately 62,000 children endure brain injuries every year due to falls, sports injuries, physical abuse or car accidents.

After a serious brain injury, many families face financial struggles trying to meet their monetary obligations while providing the best possible care for their child. The Philadelphia brain injury attorneys at Golomb & Honik can provide the support, justice and compensation you deserve. Please call (215) 278-4449 today toschedule your free brain injury consultation.

Understanding Brain Injuries in Children

The severity of a brain injury may range from mild to critical, and the recovery time is difficult to predict. However, early diagnosis, immediate medical attention and continuous therapeutic intervention may significantly shorten the recovery time and restore full functional abilities of the child.

The impairment of the brain may not be immediately recognizable, which is why it’s important to seek medical help instantly after the injury occurs to have it well documented should the signs and symptoms occur later. This method of care will also ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury are categorized as follows:

Physical Impairments:

• Constriction of muscles
• Slurred speech
• Diminished vision and hearing
• Seizures
• Paralysis
• Inhibited motor skills
• Hampered balance

Cognitive Impairments:

• Reduced reading and writing abilities
• Incapability to make decisions
• Impaired perception
• Low attention span
• Inability to communicate with others
• Slow thinking and planning

Emotional Impairments:

• Depression
• Continuous mood swings
• Low self-esteem
• Insomnia and constant irritability
• Sudden rages in emotions
• Excessive anxiety episodes

The delayed effects of a brain injury can create severe obstacles in normal daily functions of a child. This is particularly true among children, where symptoms often don’t develop for years until the portion of the brain that has been damages is more fully developed.

The condition also creates hardship on their families and friends as well as caretakers, schoolmates and teachers. As a result, the child’s ability to develop socially may be considerably compromised.

Infants and toddlers often sustain bumps and bruises with no significant consequences other than temporary discomfort. However, should any of the above mentioned signs occur, immediate attention should be given to alleviate any progression of brain damage. In addition, sports injuries, often associated with young adults, can often be avoided by wearing protective gear.

Golomb & Honik Can Help

When your child has been injured, dealing with insurance companies can be scary and confusing. The added stress of worrying about paying all medical bills and providing proper care for your ailing child may severely affect every member of your family. Having a seasoned professional on your side, who is familiar with injury laws, may significantly reduce the strain and pressure, and it may lead to a substantial monetary compensation.

If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by the negligence of another, please contact Golomb & Honik today to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.