Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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Any individual, including a child, may suffer a traumatic brain injury, and any traumatic brain injury can be serious. The occurrence of such an injury in a child should be a particular cause for concern, and parents and guardians should be aware of the possibility of such an injury following a vehicle accident, fall, blow to the head, or other type of incident that may involve the brain.

Children’s Vulnerability to Brain Injury

A child’s brain may still be in development, which means it can be particularly susceptible to damage. Some parts of a child’s brain that are not yet fully developed leave it more vulnerable to certain types of injuries, and traumatic accidents that affect a child’s brain can thus lead to greater problems than the same injury would cause in an adult.

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Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

Young children are not able to articulate symptoms as well as adults, and so any possible injury to the brain must be treated seriously and examined whether or not the child describes any pain or other issues. These issues may exist even if the child is unable to properly vocalize them.

Diagnosing traumatic brain injury in a child can also be difficult because not all injuries will surface immediately. The appearance of symptoms may vary depending on the child’s level and rate of development. Any traumatic brain injury or suspected injury should be immediately examined by a doctor and closely monitored for signs of future problems.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Effect Lawsuits

If traumatic brain injury is suspected, it is also imperative that you refrain from settling any accident case or giving up any of your rights to file a lawsuit involving the accident that caused the traumatic brain injury. Such injury can have a serious and lifelong impact, and you will want to make sure the full extent of the damage is known and compensated for. Consultation with a lawyer is advised in such circumstances to ensure that your rights and the rights of the affected child are protected.