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Traumatic brain injuries: how do I know if my child has one?

Sports are a big part of growing up for many children, and they have their benefits. Playing sports teaches kids some valuable lessons. They learn about teamwork and sportsmanship. They learn about hard work and dedication. They learn about competition and failure. They learn about rules and regulation.

There are some drawbacks as well, like injuries. Recent awareness about traumatic brain injuries (TBI) has many parents scared, wondering if letting their kids participate in contact sports is the best idea.

We are not here to tell you how to raise your child or make judgments about which sports are safe for kids. The truth is that brain injuries can result from many different activities, accidents or misadventures. Approximately 564,000 kids per year show up at emergency rooms across the country and are released for TBI-related treatment. Another 62,000 are hospitalized for their TBI.

If you know or suspect that your child suffered trauma to the head, it is always best to see a doctor. You aren't with your child every second of the day, which is why it is important to know the signs and symptoms of TBI.

Your child could have a TBI if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Problems with speech, vision or hearing
  • Headaches
  • Impairment of motor coordination or balance
  • Spasticity of muscles
  • Seizures
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Limited attention span or impaired concentration
  • Mood swings, anxiety or depression
  • Lack of motivation or fatigue
  • Developmental issues with reading or writing
  • Change in judgment

At Bendall & Mednick, we are attorneys not doctors. That being said, we have handled hundreds of personal injury cases involving brain injuries. The first step in our representation is to listen carefully to our clients, to hear what they say in their own words.

We take the time to learn about their child before and after an accident and develop a strong claim so they can get the full compensation they need and deserve to give their children the best possible care.

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