Some injuries to children that do not involve open wounds or broken bones might go unnoticed by parents. An example is a traumatic brain injury, which might not be immediately evident. Falls are the primary causes of brain injuries, and not every fall causes brain injuries. Therefore, New York parents should learn about the symptoms to look out for, and they can also take precautions to prevent such injuries.
The brain consists of soft tissue, and it is submerged in the cerebral-spinal fluid inside the skull. A blow to the head or a violent whiplash movement can cause the brain to smash into the walls of the skull and become bruised and damaged — often with life-altering consequences. Children who have suffered traumatic brain injuries might need rehabilitation treatment such as physical therapy, behavioral health services and more.
To prevent TBI, parents can ensure their children are always strapped into size- and age-appropriate car seats, and that they never ride their bicycles or play contact sports without wearing properly fitted helmets. Helmets can prevent penetrating head injuries, but only limit the chances of concussions. Other danger zones to address include staircases and playgrounds where falls can have devastating consequences.
Any New York parent whose child suffered a brain injury as the result of another party’s negligence might have grounds to pursue recovery of financial and emotional damages. It could be a negligent driver who caused an accident, the manufacturer of a defective car seat or the person or other entity responsible for unsafe circumstances at a playground. This is a complicated field of the law, and most people seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney to navigate civil lawsuits on their behalves.