Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children
The brain plays a role in a person’s physical, emotional, and cognitive functions, which is why traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be so devastating. As impactful as a traumatic brain injury can be on an adult, it can be even more consequential for a child.
Traumatic brain injuries can affect children long-term, often resulting in lifelong challenges. Brain injury lawyer Hardin Ramey understands the damages commonly associated with traumatic brain injuries. He is prepared to help injury victims in the Dallas, TX, area fight to get the financial compensation they are due for harm caused by another person or party.
Brain Injuries Are Common in Children
Traumatic brain injuries in children are far more common than most people realize. Brain injuries are actually the leading cause of disability and death in children and adolescents in the United States.
While a child can suffer a traumatic brain injury at any age, statistically speaking they are most at risk before the age of four, and between the ages of 15 and 19.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children
Most traumatic brain injuries in children are the direct result of another person’s reckless or negligent actions. There are several potential causes of TBI:
- Car accidents
- Slips and falls
- Sports injuries
- Physical abuse
- Birth injury
Symptoms and Effects of TBIs in Children
There are a wide range of symptoms that a child may develop following a traumatic brain injury. The type of symptoms experienced, and the degree of those symptoms, will depend largely on the area of the brain that was injured and the extent of the injury.
Many of the most common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries in children are the same as those of adults, including:
- Short-term memory loss
- General confusion
- Difficulty concentrating, limited attention span
- Impaired speech, vision, and/or hearing
- Loss of muscle control
- Balance problems
- Impaired motor skills
- Changes in mood
- Anger, anxiety, and/or depression
The Dangers of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children
What is unique about a traumatic brain injury in children is that a child’s brain is not fully developed. Any injury that occurs can compromise brain development and lead to long-term or lifelong difficulties, many of which may not be obvious immediately following the injury.
Delayed challenges for children who suffer a traumatic brain injury may include learning disabilities, physical challenges, and/or difficulties adapting socially.
Compensation for Damages
Attorney Hardin Ramey works hard to collect appropriate compensation for the full extent of his Dallas client’s losses. Potential areas of compensation following a traumatic brain injury in a child include:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of anticipated future care
- The cost of ongoing rehabilitation and/or therapy
- Lost wages (e.g., time off for parents to care for the child)
- Loss of future wage earning potential for the child
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Explore Your Legal Options
If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury, attorney Hardin Ramey can help you explore your legal options. To discuss your situation in further detail, send us a message online, or call our Dallas law firm at (972) 636-4578 to schedule a consultation.