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Brain injury and children development

The impact that a brain injury would have upon the development of an Ohio child can be devastating. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, it is still conceivable that the child will suffer some sort of intellectual or physical impairment for the majority of his or her life.

Brain injuries due to falls are the most common way that it can happen for children. Though most falls do not result in such traumatic impact to the brain while causing injury, falls down stairs or onto sharp edges greatly increase the chances of a catastrophic brain injury. There are also a substantial number of brain injuries that result from motor vehicle or various pedestrian accidents.

Children with severe traumatic brain injury lagged behind their peers for close to three years on average after such injury. Even shorter term impairment due to brain injury will often leave children behind the intellectual development of their peers. Though three years is a long time to heal from an injury, the lag time due to the injury during their developmental period could mean these children will never have the opportunity to catch up with their peers without an incredible amount of assistance.

Parents and other caregivers will likely be financially and emotionally strapped in trying to care for a brain injured child. The child with this malady will require medical treatment, counseling, tutoring and other special care that parents might not be able to afford.

Thus, if a child suffers a brain injury through the fault of others, such negligent parties must be obligated to compensate the child and his parents at least partially for what has occurred. It would be a good idea under such circumstances for the parents to contact an attorney and law firm experienced in handling these type of personal injury cases.

Source: CNN Health, "Severe traumatic brain injury affects development in young children," by Caitlin Hagan, Jan. 23, 2012

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