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Long term consequences of brain injuries

Nothing will alter the life of any Pennsylvania child more than a brain injury. A child suffering such an injury will likely suffer impairment and have to deal with a major disability for the remainder of his or her life.

Most brain injuries to children come about because of a fall or because of a motor vehicle accident. Most falls do not result in dramatic impact to the brain and cause injury, but falls down stairs or onto hard objects greatly increase the chances of brain trauma.

Even short term impairment due to brain trauma leaves children behind in intellectual development. Many children with traumatic brain injury lagged behind their peers for up to three years after the injury. When children trail this far in development, parents may be forced to seek specialized medical treatment and care that often exceed any financial resources the parent has available.

It must be kept in mind that brain injuries are complex. Such an injury is not like suffering broken bones that will in time heal and allow the child to become as active as he or she was before the injury occurred. Determining the pervasiveness and long term impact of a brain injury can only be made through studies, independent medical exams and investigation by experienced professionals. Attorneys familiar with helping out children that have suffered traumatic brain injury usually have access to such resources.

If a child suffers a brain injury through the fault of others, such negligent parties should be obligated to compensate the child and parents for what has occurred. Financial reimbursement will likely never completely compensate the child for what they will be forced to endure, but at least it might help the child and his or her family make inroads towards recovery.

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

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