Who’s at risk for traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are distinct in children and teenagers versus adults. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of injury and death in children and teens in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the two age groups at highest risk for TBIs are age 0-4 and 15-19. The first age group is toddlers (ages 0-4) who can fall and sustain head injuries. The second group is teens (ages 15-19). Teens are involved in sporting activities or driving accidents that put them at greater risk for brain injuries. The CDC estimates that 564,000 children are seen each year in hospital emergency departments for brain injuries. Every year, brain injuries result in 2,685 deaths, 37,000 hospitalizations, and 435,000 emergency department visits for children 0 to 14 years.
Why the risk got traumatic brain injury?
The human brain proceeds to develop until about age 25. Although the size of a child’s brain at age 7 is about 95% that of an adult’s, teenager and children’s brains are physically different than adult brains. As a result, children at the middle school and the high school levels are at a greater risk for serious brain injuries since the brain has not yet reached maturity. Studies show that a child’s immature brain is more vulnerable to the effects of a brain injury. Their brains also take longer to recover than adult brain injuries.
One of the greatest risks for a child/teen with a brain injury is sustained a subsequent brain injury. Multiple brain injuries pose a very significant risk for children and teens. Dr. Jeffrey Barth stated to www.brainline.org that if a child’s brain doesn’t get to recover properly from one concussion before sustaining another concussion, the damage can much more severe or, sometimes, even fatal. This is true even if the first injury seems minor. Mild head injuries in children are also disputed in books and can result in a disorder called Second Impact Syndrome. This really only happens in younger people.
What’s the risk cause?
Some of the effects of brain injuries in children include physical symptoms such as impaired speech, vision, hearing, headaches, seizures, balance, fatigue. Others include cognitive impairments such as short-term memory problems, attention deficits, writing, judgment, planning, communicating. Finally, brain injuries can include emotional impairments. such as social behavior, mood swings, self-centeredness, lack of motivation, anxiety, depression and lowered self-esteem (among many other symptoms).
Before hiring a lawyer you may want to see our article about how to hire an injury lawyer. The attorneys at McCollum Injury Law Firm have years of experience handling traumatic brain injury cases. We help victims and their families cope with the devastating results of the injuries. If you experienced a traumatic brain injury or if you have a family member who has experienced a TBI, please contact our office for more information. For an appointment, please call 816-474-2060 to speak with David McCollum about your case.
 http://neuro.wustl.edu/aboutus/facultybiographies/petersen; Dr. Steven E. Petersen of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO and his colleagues scanned the brains of 210 subjects ranging from 7 to 31 years old. Researchers set the lower limit for study subjects at 7 years of age because the brain is approximately 95 percent of its adult size at this age. Recovery for children from a severe traumatic brain injury can be a gradual and extremely challenging process for all involved. Progress varies depending on the injury and the child and sometimes the longer the time from the injury date, the more deficits the injured child will have to fact become apparent to their parents and caregivers.