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Identifying Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children

Traumatic brain injuries are caused when the head violently snaps back and forth, most commonly when the person’s involvement in an accident like a car or truck crash. A TBI can also result when an object directly strikes a person’s head. But no matter the cause, TBIs can have severe short and long-term consequences, especially when a child is involved.

The Krist Law Firm, P.C., understands that children coping with TBIs and their parents need a lot of help. To learn more about how you may be entitled to compensation to help your child recover, contact us at 281-283-8500.

Physical Symptoms of a Child With a TBI

Each head injury is unique, so your child may show many or few signs listed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The physical symptoms include:

  • Changes in bladder and bowel function
  • Changes in consciousness, from blacking out to coma
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Impaired movement, balance, and or coordination
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Vomiting

TBI Symptoms Affecting Sight and Hearing

It could also impair a child’s hearing and sense of balance:

  • Difficulty hearing speech in noisy conditions
  • Dizziness and or imbalance
  • Hypersensitivity to sounds
  • Tinnitus
  • Temporary or permanent hearing loss

Your child’s sight may be impacted by:

  • Changes in perceiving color, shape, size, depth, and distance
  • Vision not as sharp as before the accident
  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity

A TBI Effect on a Child’s Thinking, Memory, and Emotions?

For parents, the most frightening effects of a TBI can be your child’s problems with attention, thinking, personality, and learning. The child’s ability to pay attention can suffer. Your child may have problems shifting attention from task to task. They may have difficulty finishing a task or maintaining a conversation.

Your child may have a hard time with:

  • Making decisions
  • Flexibility
  • Goal setting
  • Judgment
  • Planning
  • Organization
  • Reasoning
  • Problem-solving
  • Strategy selection

Other traumatic brain injury symptoms in children include issues with short-term memory and difficulty retrieving information from their memory. Your child may become very talkative, not allow others to talk, and have an impaired ability to communicate nonverbally – body language, tone of voice, facial expressions.

Your child may have difficulty following directions, making inferences, understanding abstract speech, or may speak incoherently. Written language skills can be impaired because of difficulty understanding written words, and they may be unable to plan or organize their writing. Your child’s ability to talk can be affected because of speech and voice changes.

There can be many behavioral and emotional impacts of a traumatic brain injury, including:

  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Being too emotional or showing little emotion
  • Sleep changes and drowsiness
  • Depression
  • Being disoriented or in a mental fog
  • Exaggerated reactions to perceived threats
  • Impulsive
  • Irritable
  • Mood swings
  • Easily frustrated

Some problems from a TBI may not show themselves for years. A very young child may develop normally but have difficulties with learning and social development in school. For some children, a TBI may be a one-time, violent event that causes chronic issues affecting them for the rest of their lives.

The Most Common TBI Causes for Children

The top pediatric TBI causes change depending on age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the leading causes of TBIs for children from birth to 14-year-old:

  • Falls (50.2%)
  • Struck by objects or pushed against them (24.8%)
  • Motor vehicle accidents (6.8%)
  • Assault (2.9%)
  • Unknown/other (15.3%)

Falls and physical abuse are the most common TBI causes in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Motor vehicle or bicycle accidents and sports injuries happen more often in elementary school children and adolescents.

Contact a Houston Brain Injury Attorney Today

Your child may have suffered life-altering injuries that could impact them for decades. Your child’s potential achievements may be impacted, and a TBI could result in them living a much more difficult life because of the accident they suffered. They should be compensated to make up for those losses and help them live the best life they can.

Find out more about TBIs, your child’s legal rights, and how they can be protected by calling the Houston attorneys at The Krist Law Firm. We offer a free consultation, and there are no fees unless you recover compensation.