Traumatic Brain Injury in Children: Studies Uncover Long-Term Effects of TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

More than 630,000 children and teenagers are treated in emergency rooms for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year. TBI is one of the most serious injuries a human can sustain. Parents whose child have had a TBI want to know: How will this injury affect my child in the future?

Doctors are beginning to discovery answers about the long-term effects of TBI in children. The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s recently released research on long-term effects of TBI an average of seven years after injury.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

According to,Traumatic brain injuries can result in bruised brain tissue, bleeding inside the brain, large or small lacerations in the brain, and nerve damage due to shearing forces. The brain can also experience a number of secondary types of damage, like swelling, fever, seizures, or an imbalance of neurological chemicals. A traumatic brain injury may either be a penetrating injury or a closed head injury.”

Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

The research uncovered a number of valuable discoveries. While the results reiterate that TBI can have lasting impacts, researchers found that, “Many children do very well long-term after brain injury and most do not have across the board deficits.”

The Cincinnati Children’s study concluded the following:

  • The brain functions that are most affected long-term are skills that involve social functioning, such as reasoning, inhibition, and the speed at which information is processed.
  • Patients with mild to moderate brain injuries are two times more likely to have developed attention problems, and those with severe injuries are five times more likely to develop secondary ADHD.
  • Parenting and the home environment exert a powerful influence on recovery. Children with severe TBI in optimal environments may show few effects of their injuries while children with milder injuries from disadvantaged or chaotic homes often demonstrate persistent problems.
  • Early family response may be particularly important for long-term outcomes suggesting that working to promote effective parenting may be an important early intervention.

Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s are still working to determine “predictors of recovery following TBI, particularly the roles of genes and environment,” beyond the impacts on recovery from the child’s family environment. They are working to identify genes that play a vital role in recovery after TBI and to understand how these genes may interact with environmental factors to influence recovery

Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

If your child has suffered a brain injury caused by the negligent or wrongful conduct of another party, it is important that you work with a personal injury attorney experienced in brain injury cases. TBI cases are highly complex. Getting the full compensation you deserve requires expertise and skill with these special types of cases.

The cost of treating brain injuries is extremely high. People who have suffered brain injuries often require diagnostic testing, specialists, surgery, and rehabilitative therapy, as well as ongoing medical care for life. In cases where the damages are so high, it is even more critical to make sure that your attorney can get the best possible settlement or jury award on your behalf.

The Experienced Attorneys of Matthew G. Miller Can Help

Brain injury cases can be difficult, but with our experience and dedication to our clients, we will make sure your family is given the best possible representation.

Here at Matthew G. Miller we practice exclusively in personal injury law and wrongful death, which means all of our clients have had something horrible happen to them. Our clients have experienced a life-changing injury or are enduring the wrongful death of a loved one. Because of the personal nature and importance of the cases we handle, we feel it is a privilege to be entrusted with our clients’ legal matters.

You will meet with a Matthew G. Miller attorney, not a case manager or paralegal. The free personal injury case consultation is at no charge to you, no obligation, no pressure, and no strings attached.

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