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Child brain injury sufferers may develop neurological issues

Car accidents and sporting accidents can leave a child in Encinitas with serious injuries, including those that affect the brain and the spine. While these injuries can leave a victim with significant physical deficiencies, they can also cause long-term neurological problems.

A recent study found that children who suffer traumatic brain injuries have an increased risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders. According to that study, these children are more likely to develop headaches, depression and intellectual and emotional disorders when compared to children who don't suffer a traumatic brain injury. The risk increase can be significant, too, including 16 percent of participants to the study developing intellectual disorders. In fact, only about approximately 60 percent of all children who suffer from a traumatic brain injury are expected to be symptom-free after five years.

Caring for a brain injury can be difficult to say the least. The costs associated with needed medical care can quickly become overwhelming, and the long-term cognitive, emotional and physical limitations can completely upend an individual's life. Most families that find themselves coping with this situation struggle to find a way to make ends meet financially. They also have difficulty accepting the fact that nobody has been held accountable for the damage caused.

If a traumatic brain injury was caused by the negligence of another, though, then a personal injury lawsuit may be justified. If successful, compensation may be recoverable. This money can go a long way towards offsetting the costs associated with medical treatment and rehabilitation, and it can help ease pain and suffering. Studies like the one mentioned above may play a role, too, as they help demonstrate just how damaging these injuries can be when viewed in the long-term context.




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