Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries: Warning Signs

If you have kids, chances are you have spent an inordinate amount of time over the years trying to keep them safe. Each stage of childhood seems to have its challenges, from toddlers ready to dive into and off nearly anything that seems particularly dangerous, to teenagers who usually bring an entirely new set of challenges—and may also be heavily involved in sports activities known to result in a wide range of injuries.

Bumps, bruises, scrapes, and sometimes even breaks are to be expected in life, no matter how hard we work to prevent any hurt or discomfort from affecting our family members. Accidents happen, and sometimes they can be so severe that the healing process is lengthy. In some cases, and especially with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), the injury may be so devastating that the harm done is irreparable or even fatal.

Any type of head injury should be taken seriously, and young children should be monitored even more closely as they may have trouble explaining how they are feeling—or may be too stunned by an injury to do so. Such injuries may occur during sports activities, or due to a blow to the head after a major accident such as a car or bicycle accident. Negligence on the part of others often plays a part in catastrophic injuries, and if you or a loved one have been affected, contact an experienced injury attorney from a firm like Heintz & Becker as soon as possible.

Symptoms such as loss of consciousness, seizures, disorientation and headache are common in head injuries, but sometimes the signs of a TBI are not apparent for a while. Watch for indications such as:

  • Lack of interest in eating (or nursing, if the child is much younger)
  • Changes in sleep patterns, whether overly drowsy or unable to sleep
  • Concerning mood changes, irritability, or continual crying
  • Unusual inability to focus

TBIs are classified as mild, moderate, and severe, and can cause death in some cases. While traumas such as falls or accidents at school are often to blame, car accidents due to the negligence of others are a common cause of TBIs. Seek medical advice immediately if you suspect a head injury in your child (even a moderate one), or other complications after an accident.

If you or a loved one have been affected by an injury caused by the negligence of others and are seeking a skilled traumatic brain injury lawyer, contact Heintz & Becker today. Our attorneys have helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.

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