Accidents of all types could cause an injury to the head. Head trauma is considered one of the most serious types of injury, as it impacts a victim’s brain. While a traumatic brain injury is severe no matter whom the victim is, when a child suffers a brain injury due to a slip-and-fall or automobile accident, he or she could experience long-term cognitive effects. Thus, parents in Tennessee and elsewhere should understand how to navigate such a matter and what rights they have when placing liability on a negligent party.

Based on current data, roughly 812,000 children in the U.S. suffer a traumatic brain injury every year. While these head injuries could be the result of a complete accident, like a fall, others are due to the negligence of another. One situation is being a passenger in a motor vehicle that was involved in a collision caused by a negligent or reckless driver.

When a child suffers a brain injury, this could present both short and long-term effects. Additionally, it could pose different types of challenges to the child’s growing brain when compared to an adult that suffered a head trauma. For example, a child may continue to develop normally over time, and because they are doing fairly well academically, socially and emotionally, it may appear as though they have healed. However, a child could grow into a brain injury. This means that they may not exhibit signs of physical, cognitive and emotional impairments until they are older.

Because of this, parents need to educate themselves on the injury and how it presents itself now and in the future. Flagging changes in sleep, appetite, speech and attention could be indications of the effects of a brain injury, even if they are now presenting when the child has entered middle school.

Although children are known to be resilient and have the ability to bounce back quickly after suffering an injury, this is not true with a traumatic brain injury. Just like adults, this could cause serious disruptions in their lives, even if it is not immediately present following the injury. Thus, parents of children that have suffered a brain injury should be aware of the signs, symptoms and treatment plans available.

The treatment of accident injuries can be extensive and lengthy. A head trauma could take months, years or even a lifetime to recover from. Therefore, it is not only imperative that victims obtain the medical treatments necessary to help treat a brain injury but also understand what legal options they might have. A personal injury claim could help hold a negligent party liable for the accident that caused the injury and also assist with the recovery of compensation to address the losses caused by the injuries suffered.