Traumatic Brain Injury to Children
Children tend to be resilient; a scrape on the knee or elbow and it is back to playing like nothing happened. Children bounce back quickly. However, a new study shows that recovery time is slow in a case of a head injury or concussion to children.
This new finding was found in the June 2013 issue of the journal Pediatrics.
If a child suffers a blow to the head, it can result in a concussion. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. The brain is a soft organ surrounded by and encased by the hard bony structure, the skull. All concussions are serious. The long term effects have been studied as recently as late August 2013. Over 4,500 retired and former National Football League (NFL) players settled their lawsuit for $765 million against the NFL. The case alleged that all of these former players suffer today from some kind of brain damage blamed on the blows to the head during their football playing careers. Most likely these blows to the head were concussions that were undetected or left untreated during this time.
The Pediatrics study shows that in 280 young people, ages 11 to 22 with reports of concussion, all had symptoms during the next 12 weeks. The study revealed that children who had never had a concussion recovered faster than those who had a prior concussion. First time concussion sufferers recovered in about 12 days from the head injury. Those who had a past history of a concussion, took more than 24 days to fully recover.
Children who suffer concussions are most often associated with sports and activities related to sporting activities, such as football and soccer. Parents of children who have suffered the concussion should be alerted to the fact that a second concussion can be more severe than the first and should be carefully monitored.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a website for parents and coaches to provide information on children with concussions. The program is called “Heads Up”. www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup
If you or a loved one has a child who has been harmed by a concussion or head injury please contact Kreisman Law Offices. The Chicago lawyers at Kreisman Law Offices have more than 40 years of trial experience, successfully trying concussion and head injury cases. Please call us 24 hours a day at 312.346.0045 or toll free 800.583.8002 for a free and immediate consultation or complete a contact form online.