Brain injuries lead to 11,500 trips to the emergency room each year in the state of South Carolina. Common causes of brain injuries in South Carolina are motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults, and getting hit on the head. Head trauma is a serious matter that can cause severe disruptions to one’s life. It is crucial to take action as soon as the injury occurs, to get the victim the necessary medical attention. Depending on the severity of the injury, the victim may require long-term, maybe even lifelong treatment.
It is an especially tragic event when the individual who undergoes a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a child. If a child receives a traumatic brain injury, it can have a serious, and potentially lifelong, effect on the way the child functions. TBIs can cause complications in a child’s cognitive abilities, emotional responses, movement, and sensory skills.
A child that has received a brain injury should receive medical attention as soon as possible. If your child suffered from a TBI, The state of South Carolina has many resources that are available to you.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury is defined as damage to the brain or the skull by an outside force which affects the way the brain functions. The following are signs of a TBI:
- A decrease in the level of consciousness
- Fracture of the skull
- Brain Contusions
- Intracranial hematoma or hemorrhage
Concussions are the most frequently occurring form of traumatic brain injury. They result from a forceful blow to the head. It is common for athletes to receive concussions due to sporting accidents. Some symptoms of a concussion are noticeable right away, while other signs become apparent in the time after the injury is sustained- possibly several days or weeks later.
Symptoms of a Concussion
- Short-term memory loss
- Hearing loss
- Speech impairment
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Shortened attention span
- Lack of ability to control emotions
- Difficulty processing information
- Mood swings
- Lack of motivation
- Impaired judgment
Brain injuries have a different effect on children then they do on adults, as children’s brains are not yet fully developed. It was once believed that a child’s brains could recover from trauma faster than an adult’s brain. This, however, is not true. Since the brain is not fully developed, it is harder to regain the abilities that are lost or damaged due to the injury. This results in severe, possibly lifelong consequences. The aftermath of a brain injury may not be discernible at first but may become evident as the individual gets older and starts to face more difficult expectations in school and social life.
If your child suffered from a brain injury, you may have an option to seek legal compensation to help you pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and any other hardships. Allow us at The Nye Law Group to provide you with the support and resources that you need during this challenging time. Call us at (912) 200-5230 for a free case consultation.