Symptoms St Pete Parents Should Look for After a Child Head Injury

February 14, 2014

child injury, Law

child head injuryParents are right to be concerned when it comes to looking after children who have suffered a recent head injury.

Although suffering occasional bumps and scrapes are an inevitable part of an active childhood, some head injuries can result in concussions and other types of brain injuries that may have very serious consequences.

Below we examine some common causes of child head injuries and concussions in children, as well as some signs of a serious head injury that may require emergency care.

Common Causes of Child Head Injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of serious head injuries involving brain trauma, accounting for 50 percent of all traumatic brain injury in children aged 0 to 14.

Motor vehicle crashes and other traffic-related accidents also leading causes of head injuries for children. These types of incidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury fatalities amongst all age groups.

Other accidents that can result in traumatic brain injuries and other types of head injuries in children include:

  • Being struck by objects traveling at high speeds, such as sporting equipment
  • Child abuse involving heavy blows or shaking
  • Falling from great heights

Concussions in Children

A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury that is caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head. According to the Boston Children’s Hospital, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children.

Some common symptoms of concussions in children to watch for after an accident include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble with coordination
  • Confusion or disordered thinking
  • Disorientation
  • Memory loss

Possible Signs of an Head Injury Emergency

In some cases, a child head injury may require emergency medical care. Be sure to seek medical care immediately if child shows any of the symptoms listed below after a head injury:

  • Slurred speech
  • One pupil is larger than the other
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Increasingly agitated or restless behavior

Our child injury lawyers have stood up for injury victims for over 25 years. Call today to speak with our injury law team.

Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today if your child has been severely injured because of another person’s neglect at 727-217-5977. We can evaluate your case for free and may be able to stand up for your family’s rights.

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