Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in children. When a pediatric brain injury is caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, parents and caregivers have a right to take legal action. If your child has suffered a serious brain injury, turn to J&Y Law, a preeminent California personal injury law firm.
Our brain injury attorneys are here to see you through this tragic event. We know that nothing is more important to you than the well-being of your child and will help you obtain the medical and financial resources your child needs to recover. We offer free consultations and will not charge any attorneys’ fees until we obtain compensation for you. Contact us today to learn about your legal options.
Understanding Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among children aged 0 to 14 years, traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in approximately 400,000 emergency room visits, 29,000 hospital admissions, and 3,000 deaths each year. Moreover, TBI is the leading cause of disability and death in children 0 to 4 years of age and teens between the ages of 15 and 19.
The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function. A TBI can range from mild to severe. Symptoms depend on the location and severity of the head trauma; serious brain injuries in children can result in long-term physical, cognitive, and behavioral complications.
What causes brain injuries in children?
The most common causes of pediatric traumatic brain injuries include:
- Falls – (including playground accidents) 50.2 percent
- Struck by or against incidents (including sports-related injuries) – 24.8 percent
- Motor vehicle accidents – 6.8 percent
- Child abuse – 2.9 percent
- Other – 15.3 percent
Infants can also suffer brain injuries from medical malpractice during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. No matter what caused your child’s brain injury, if another party was at fault, our brain injury attorneys will work tirelessly to help you obtain the damages you need to help your child heal and lead a normal life.
Symptoms of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries
The symptoms of brain injuries in children depend on factors such as the extent of the trauma, the region of the brain affected, and the child’s age at the time of the injury. However, common symptoms include:
- Confusion or difficulty concentrating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Memory loss
- Change in vision
- Balance issues
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of consciousness
Pediatric TBIs are unique because they occur when the brain is still developing; a head injury during this period may interrupt normal brain development. Children who suffer brain injuries at a young age can have effects on their cognitive, physical, and emotional development – a serious TBI can result in life-long disabilities.
How J&Y Can Help With Your Child’s TBI
If you suspect that your child’s traumatic brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. Our attorneys will conduct an extensive investigation to identify the responsible party and work to hold them accountable.
Whether your child was injured in a fall at the playground due to a defective swing set or in a school sports accident because a coach failed to provide protective headgear, we will handle all the detail of your claim so that you can focus on caring for your child,
Although no two injury claims are the same, your child may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses – present and future
- Rehabilitative care and physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability
- Inconvenience (how the TBI affects your child’s daily activities)
Trust our attorneys to provide you with compassionate, efficient representation and help you obtain the maximum compensation you and your child deserve. If you have lost a child due to a brain injury, we can determine whether you have a viable wrongful death claim to recover compensation for final medical costs and funeral and burial expenses and provide you with closure.
What to Do If Your Child Suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury
If your child has suffered a significant blow to the head, seek immediate medical attention to determine if your child has suffered a TBI. It is crucial to follow your doctor’s orders exactly, including having your child refrain from any activities your doctor recommends.
Also, be sure to visit specialists and therapists as instructed, and keep a copy of your child’s medical records, which will serve as important evidence in your child’s injury claim. Once your child receives treatment and begins to recover, contact J&Y for the trustworthy advice and guidance you need and deserve.
Contact Experienced California Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
If your child suffered a brain injury, our experienced attorneys are here to protect your legal rights so that you can protect your child. We have a proven history of achieving positive outcomes, having recovered millions of dollars for injury victims in favorable settlements and jury awards. When you become our client, you will have comfort knowing that our pediatric brain injury lawyers are on your side. Contact us with any questions that you might have.