Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury on Children

November 23, 2016 | By Polito & Harrington LLC
Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury on Children

When children sustain a traumatic brain injury, the results can be devastating. The developing brain is extremely delicate, and TBIs can have a significant impact on nearly every aspect of a child’s life. Some of the more common ways a TBI can affect a child are discussed below.

Educational Delays and Complications

Even a mild TBI like a concussion can keep a child from attending school for weeks or even months in some cases. Brain injuries often require rest as an important part of a treatment program - and that can include both physical and cognitive rest. Children who miss a substantial amount of schoolwork may fall behind, may have to take summer or remedial classes, or may even have to repeat a grade. Parents may have to pay for tutors or home instructors to keep their child up to date in school during TBI recovery. Simply because a child is cleared to attend school does not mean that the challenges end there. Lingering effects of TBIs can cause many problems at school, including struggles with the following:
  • Timed tests and assignments
  • Reading aloud in class
  • Focus and concentration
  • Following instructions
  • Communicating thoughts verbally or orally
  • Handling group social situations
Young TBI victims can require many services in order to succeed in school.

Social Problems

There is a documented link between traumatic brain injuries and issues like anxiety and depression. If a child develops these conditions after a TBI, it may affect their ability to socialize and interact with their peers at school and elsewhere. Failing to develop social skills as a child can lead to problems that may continue into adulthood.

Call a New London Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today

If your child has sustained a brain injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you should speak to an attorney immediately. In many cases, you child and you may be entitled to recover compensation for the losses you have experienced, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney, call Polito & Harrington today at 860-447-3300 or contact us online. 1 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557 2 https://medlineplus.gov/concussion.html