While brain injuries can be terrible, they’re even more tragic and
worrying when children have to experience them. Children are still in
the process of developing, which means their brains take longer to recover
than an adult. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, 62,000
children sustain brain injuries needing hospitalization every year, and
another 564,000 are seen in emergency rooms for traumatic
brain injury (TBI) and are released. So what causes the majority of these accidents?
We’ve assembled the most common causes of child TBI below.
Falls are the most common accident in general, and they are the leading
cause of TBI in the United States. Among children ages 0 to 14 years of
age, they cause 50% of TBI. Young children, in particular, are susceptible
to falling as the younger they are, the less coordinated their movements
are. Likewise, children are more often bike riding, roller skating, and
riding skateboards, which can also easily lead to head injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries among people in
the United States, and children are often injured in collisions while
inside the car and out. Passengers are not exempt from TBI from traumatic
car crashes. Although most concussions result from striking a steering
wheel or windshield, if a car is hit from the side, it is possible for
a passenger in the back seat to strike their head on a back window or
the frame of the car and sustain a TBI. Likewise, severe whiplash can
also cause a concussion, as the force of the crash forces the soft tissues
of the brain to strike the skull during a rear-end collision or a sudden
braking in speed.
About 1,400 cases of abusive TBI occur in the United States every year.
However, those are the recorded cases. There may be hundreds of other
children whose mild concussions go unreported out of fear or neglect.
Recognition of TBI in young children is vital. If they return to a violent
home, they are likely to be continually abused and may even be killed
by an out-of-control relative.
Most sports that feature bodily contact can easily lead to concussions,
such as wrestling, football, and hockey. However, any sport can cause
concussions and other TBI. Soccer, baseball, softball, and lacrosse and
others can lead to TBI through accidental strikes from other players or
projectiles or falls.
Birth can be a traumatic experience for both mother and child. However,
complications during the birthing process, including treatment from licensed
medical professionals, can prevent oxygen from reaching the child. Oxygen
deprivation during birth can lead to brain damage depending on how long
the child’s brain was without oxygen. In most cases, a brain can
recover without any signs of damage; however, extended deprivation can
often cause brain cells to die, which can damage important parts of the brain.
If your child’s TBI was caused by someone else’s negligence,
contact us as soon as possible. Jordan Law is dedicated to representing
people whose injuries were caused by negligence or carelessness. Our
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