Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children. Brain injuries are serious in any individual, but children are more susceptible to brain injuries than adults. Every year, almost half a million children are treated in emergency rooms for brain injuries.
Any time a child has an injury to the head, there is a possibility of trauma to the brain. In some cases, the injury is immediately apparent, while in other situations symptoms may not arise for hours, days, or longer. Some common symptoms of brain injuries include headaches, nausea, sensitivity to noise or light, dizziness, fatigue, and loss of consciousness. If there is a suspicion of a brain injury, the child should receive medical attention immediately.
A child can receive a brain injury from any blow to the head. However, there are some common causes of brain injuries in children. The biggest two causes are car accidents and falls. A small percentage of brain injuries are caused by abuse.
If brain trauma is suspected in a child, the hospital or doctor’s office may order brain scans or other tests. Depending on the type of injury, the child may simply need rest, or for an extensive injury, may need surgery.
If your child has been affected by a brain injury, and the injury was caused by someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, you should speak with an attorney. There may be legal options available to help protect your child’s immediate and long-term needs. If you are in Los Angeles, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.