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What to Expect From A Child Brain Injury | Port Orange Personal Injury Attorney

What to Expect From A Child Brain Injury

Dealing with a child’s brain injury is devastating in any situation, but it can be even more distressing if another person’s negligence or misconduct led to your child’s injuries. Fortunately, our country’s legal system enables parents to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible in order to recover compensation for their child’s care.

In a child pedestrian or bicycling accident in Ormond Beach, a child may suffer blunt force trauma after being struck by a car. Blunt force trauma can cause a fracture in the skull or cause the brain to move within the skull. Swelling could occur, which deprives the brain of oxygen and affects the brain’s nerve fibers. The child could also sustain internal bruising.

Because a child’s skull is just 1/8 as strong as an adult’s, children are more vulnerable to deformities and skull fractures from an accident. These may cause serious brain injury in children, which could result later in decreased cognitive functions.

An Ormond Beach child injury attorney may be able to assist your family in recovering compensation to cover the expense of your child’s rehabilitation and medical treatment.

The three types of child brain injury are mild, moderate and severe.
Some of the most common signs or symptoms of a child brain injury are:

  • headaches;
  • dizziness;
  • memory/concentration problems;
  • balance problems;
  • blurred vision;
  • changes in behavior and/or personality; and
  • extreme fatigue or lethargy.

If your child shows any of these symptoms following an accident, seek immediate medical attention. If a child brain injury is diagnosed, and another person is responsible for your child’s accident, you’ll want to get the help of an Ormond Beach child injury attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a Florida personal injury claim.

In many cases, children don’t suffer with just a mild brain injury, such as a concussion. Many children experience a moderate or severe child brain injury after a pedestrian or bicycling accident.

The symptoms of a moderate to severe child brain injury may include the following:

  • nausea and vomiting;
  • loss of consciousness;
  • slurred speech;
  • difficulty walking;
  • convulsions or seizures;
  • coma;
  • vegetative state.

When a child is hit by a car in a bicycling or pedestrian accident, he or she may sustain serious brain injuries that can last a lifetime. Unlike with adults, measuring the loss of cognitive functions in children can be difficult. Children are still growing, and may not have I.Q. scores or report cards that offer measurement of brain functions.

The loss of cognitive function after a brain injury depends on the part of the brain that was injured. If the child’s frontal lobe is damaged, his or her social skills may never fully develop. Unfortunately, it may take years to discover this damage. Those parts of the brain controlling writing and reading could also be injured, but the damage may only be discovered once the child has problems in school.

Even if a child’s school work is unaffected by a brain injury, issues may come up when he or she grows up and joins the workforce. Some forms of child brain injury make it hard for children to develop organizational skills or work outside the structured school environment.

In more severe cases, a child brain injury may lead to a coma or vegetative state. With a coma, a child may not be able to respond to stimuli and cannot be awakened. All brain function is lost for children in a vegetative state, and only involuntary functions are continued such as breathing and blood circulation.

If your child has been seriously injured in a Florida pedestrian accident, you should speak with an experienced Ormond Beach child injury attorney. Helping your child recover should be your main priority, not dealing with insurance adjusters and legal paperwork. Call Zimmet & Zimmet today.

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