The Frightening Reality of Children and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Children experience traumatic brain injuries (TBI) far more than you likely think. The frightening truth is that each year, 1.7 million people are affected by TBIs, which are responsible for about one-third of all injury-related deaths. Of the 1.7 million, 473, 947 are children age 14 and younger.
TBIs occur most frequently in children age 4 and under, followed by adolescents between 15 and 19, and adults age 65 and older. The four most common accidents that cause the injuries are falls, motor vehicle crashes, assaults, and strikes to the head.
Heads Up: Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury in Children
Although placing your child in a protective bubble to shield him from accidents may sound like a good idea, unfortunately, it’s not possible. You may be able to decrease the likelihood of him getting injured by taking the following precautions:
- Providing a soft landing underneath playground equipment.
- Installing safety gates on stairs and guards around windows to prevent falls.
- Placing seatbelts on older children and putting smaller children into car and booster seats when driving.
- Using the proper safety equipment, such as approved helmets, when participating in sports.
- Educating him on the importance of staying safe.
- Speaking with his coach about head injuries and ensuring he knows the signs and treatment protocol.
Does Your Child Have a TBI?
Sometimes accidents happen that parents don’t know about. If your child displays any of the following symptoms, he may have a traumatic brain injury.
- Trouble with speech
- Difficulty hearing
- Changes in the way the child plays and sleeps
- Uncharacteristic mood swings
- Drowsiness or lethargy
- Headaches, nausea, or dizziness
We Are Here to Help
As a parent, your first priority is to protect your child. As a legal team, our first priority is to protect you. If your child’s injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, the Morton Law Offices may be able to get you the compensation you need to pay for current and future medical expenses related to the injury. Contact us today to learn more.
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