While a traumatic brain injury, abbreviated as TBI, can have devastating consequences for adults, children who suffer from even mild TBIs can have their lives completely disrupted. Since a child’s brain is still developing, if they do suffer a head injury like a TBI, it can alter the way their brain and body functions. Their ability to learn may be permanently impaired afterwards as well.
In some children, the symptoms of mild to moderate TBI may not be noticed right away and can take years to recognize. This is because the consequences may not be apparent until a child’s affected skills are needed at a later stage in their life. Unfortunately, when these problems do appear, they are often mistaken for learning or behavioral disabilities instead of being connected to a previous head injury.
Children who have more severe injuries, including those who were in a coma, may have suffer from lifetime physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Their recovery often takes years and it can be a frightening time for them and their families, especially if they have lost motor functions, memory loss or the ability to clearly communicate.
These children will not only experience problems due to their injuries, but they will often suffer psychologically as well. Depression is a common symptom in people who suffer TBIs and children may also feel socially and physically isolated from their peers. Depending on their age, they may not be able to accurately voice their frustrations, which can make it even more difficult for their parents.
The families of these children are not only devastated because of their children’s injuries, but they are often financially devastated as well. If the TBI was a result of an automobile accident that was another party’s fault, it is important to get advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury cases. They can help people negotiate a settlement with the other party’s insurance company or, if necessary, take them to court.
Along with compensation for the initial medical bills, families will need to consider their child’s future medical and rehabilitation expenses. Moderate and severe TBI cases often leave children with lifetime disabilities and some children may never be able to take care of themselves physically or financially.
Along with future medical expenses, these children and their families may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. To get more information, contact SM Law Group to schedule a consultation.