The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain a brain injury every year. A large percentage of those hurt are children.
Common Causes of Childhood Head and Brain Injuries
Every year, approximately 474,000 trips are made to emergency rooms due to head injuries suffered by kids under the age of fourteen. Some common causes of these head injuries include:
- Sports. If a child doesn’t wear a helmet, plays on a soft surface, or doesn’t take other reasonable safety precautions, he’s at risk of a head injury.
- Falls. Playing on hard surfaces, lack of window guards, and the failure to install safety gates can lead to dangerous falls. Additionally, slip and fall accidents in a tub or shower can lead to head injuries.
- Car Accidents. The risk of head injuries may be reduced if children are in appropriate car seats and driven by responsible drivers.
A head or brain injury can occur at any time and for many reasons. Something as simple as a trip to the playground can result in a serious brain injury. Accordingly, it is important to know if your child has been hurt.
Symptoms of Childhood Head and Brain Injuries
Some signs of a head or brain injury include:
- Problems with severe headaches
- Problems with blurry vision
- Inability to focus on topics, study, or memorize materials
- Difficulty speaking clearly
- Problems with hearing
- Difficulty writing or drawing
- Issues with balance
- Problems with memory
- Difficulty making decisions
- Changes in behavior or mood
Recovering Damages for a Child Who’s Suffered a Head or Brain Injury
In order for our Texas personal injury firm to recover compensation on your behalf, we need to prove that your child’s injury was the direct result of the negligence of another person or a legal entity such as a school, an athletic department, or a local gym.
According to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School, negligence is defined as a failure to behave with “the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. The behavior usually consists of actions, but can also consist of omissions when there is some duty to act.”
Fort Worth attorney Tom Hall has 30 years of experience in personal injury law, making it possible for him to carefully evaluate the facts of your child’s injury. He’ll tell you during your free consultation if you should file a lawsuit for damages. If so, he will aggressively pursue your case and recover the full amount of damages available to compensate your child for all pain and suffering, current and future medical bills, and other related expenses.
Call the law offices of Fort Worth personal injury attorney Tom Hall today for your FREE legal consultation at 817-831-6100.