How Can Personal Injury Lawyers Help Young Traumatic Brain Injury Victims?

August 2, 2013

Traumatic Brain Injury

It may take many years of physical, occupational, or psychological treatment and medical care to overcome the disabling effects of traumatic brain injury.

This can create an abundance of medical expenses that can further strain the family of a child suffering with the results of a traumatic brain injury.

Finding an attorney who understands the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury and the laws that apply to this injury is essential. Attorneys with this knowledge base may be able to assist families in navigating the legal processes required when seeking compensation for their injuries.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury happens when the head sustains a blow, jolt, bump, or penetrating wound that results in disruption of the brain’s normal functions.

Motor vehicle accidents account for the largest percentage of fatalities from traumatic brain injury. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the most common causes of brain injuries in children are:

  • Falls
  • Striking or being struck by an object
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Assault events

Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries can be subtle

In many instances, traumatic brain injuries give no outward appearance of injury. There is no scarring or obvious disfigurement. It may be weeks, months and even years for symptoms to fully manifest.
The Mayo Clinic provides the following list of traumatic brain injury symptoms that may present in children:

  • Eating or nursing change in habits
  • Inconsolable crying
  • Irritability that is unusual or quickly triggered
  • Inability to pay attention
  • Alteration in sleeping habits
  • Depression or sadness
  • No interest in favorite toys or activities

Long Term Consequences

Children who are victims of traumatic brain injury may experience difficulty communicating, eye hand coordination, or cognitive functions. In extreme cases, a traumatic brain injury can leave the child in a permanent vegetative state, or result in death.

Have you or a loved one suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence? Our brain injury lawyers may be able to help.

An attorney who understands these types of injuries knows that a child may look perfectly normal and still be suffering the results of this injury.

In our area, caregivers and parents of children with such an injury may wish to contact a personal injury attorney serving St Petersburg who knows how to fight for these children.

If you have a loved one who has experienced a traumatic brain injury due to someone’s negligence, call the law offices of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk at 727-472-4021 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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