Concussions and Children
As a parent, it can be truly devastating to witness your child suffer through the pain of an injury. Many injuries, such as cuts and scrapes, torn soft tissue, or even broken bones can be excruciatingly painful, and will likely cause even the toughest of children to shed a few tears.
But above all, perhaps the most horrifying injuries for parents to consider, are those to a child’s head. Indeed, head injuries and, more specifically, concussions can be difficult to detect initially, but many eventually present themselves in a variety of symptoms, some of which can be catastrophic. And even worse, while the injuries mentioned above often have relatively short recovery times, the effects of a concussion may last for the child’s entire life.
In light of this, as parents, it is our duty to take whatever steps necessary to protect our children from suffering a concussion. In the event your child is injured, however, we invite you to contact us for help. Our passionate Alabama brain injury attorneys understand your fear, and will work aggressively to help you recover the compensation that you deserve to help your little one recover.
Brain Injuries and Concussions: The Major Causes
While often used interchangeably, concussions and brain injuries are not entirely synonymous. Instead, a concussion is a type of brain injury; many medical professionals refer to a concussion as a mild traumatic brain injury, or mild TBI. These can be caused by a jolt, blow, or bump to the head that affects the regular functioning of the brain.
Concussions occur on a relatively frequent basis; specifically, according to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department visits, deaths, and hospitalizations took place in the U.S. in the year 2013. Of course, it is likely that many more TBIs were sustained that were never actually diagnosed.
Overall, among all age groups, one of the leading causes of TBIs is falling, which accounted for 47 percent of all TBI-related emergency department visits in 2013. The second leading cause of TBIs that same year was being struck by an object, which was followed closely by motor vehicle accidents.
But, while these are the leading causes of brain injuries across all age groups, children are at a particular risk of TBI due to one cause: sports. Indeed, because children are regularly active participants in sports events, they are at a higher risk of sustaining a serious brain injury. For example, additional data from the CDC shows that in 2012 approximately 329,290 children age 19 or younger received treatment in emergency departments across the United States for sports and recreation-related injuries involving a concussion or TBI.
Understanding the Warning Signs
In an ideal world, we would be able to protect our children and ensure they never sustained a brain injury. Sadly, however, this is not always possible, therefore, it is imperative that parents understand the signs and symptoms of a TBI in order to mitigate the effects and seek treatment immediately.
To begin, parents should always stay alert if their child has sustained a blow to the head. In addition, parents are advised to take note of the following symptoms that may arise if a child has sustained a concussion:
- Fuzzy or blurry vision;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Sensitivity to noise or light;
- Balance problems;
- Feeling tired or having no energy; and
- Loss of consciousness.
The appearance of one or more of these symptoms does not guarantee that a child has suffered a TBI. If these do arise in a child, parents should seek medical attention for their child as soon as possible.
Obtaining Compensation for a Concussion
In many cases, children suffer concussions due to pure accidents that are unavoidable, leaving no one at fault. In others, however, one or more parties may be liable for the injuries. This may be the case, for example, in a motor vehicle accident, where one driver’s negligent actions led to an accident that caused a brain injury, or in a sports-related accident, where a coach’s actions or inactions caused dangerous conditions on the field that put the child at risk.
Regardless of the circumstances, if your child has suffered a concussion, we invite you to reach out to our experienced and compassionate Alabama injury attorneys today at the Dothan office of Cobb, Boyd, White & Cobb. Our dedicated personal injury legal team will help you understand the options available to you, and assist you in pursuing the compensation that you deserve. Call us today at (334) 677-1000 or contact us online for a free consultation.