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Long-Term Consequences of a Childhood Brain Injury

Long-Term Consequences of a Childhood Brain Injury

Medical science has come a very long way over the past century. Our knowledge of traumatic brain injuries and their long-term impacts changes every year. Most people accept that repetitive head-injuries cause a plethora of problems for sports professionals. However, many are still unaware of how those problems influence the long-term consequences of a childhood brain injury.

Anxiety and Depression

Emerging research suggests anxiety and depression may go hand in hand with a brain injury. A study by the Monash University School of Psychological Sciences found that, on average, children with any kind head injury or traumatic brain injury are five times more likely to experience symptoms of anxiety.

Whether these symptoms are a direct, structural cause of the injury is debatable, but it is clear there is some correlation between traumatic brain injuries and anxiety disorders. Any child who experiences a head injury should be monitored for these symptoms and referred for therapy.

Suicidal Thoughts

According to the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention, people who experienced any brain injury are 75% more likely to exhibit suicidal thoughts and behaviors, be it from injury-related pain or structural brain damage.

These findings are supported by a 2013 study, which suggests that 44% of children who experienced traumatic brain injuries had suicidal thoughts or had engaged in suicidal behaviors.

These numbers are startling. Any parent whose child experienced a traumatic brain injury, be it a concussion or a more serious blow, must get their child the care they need. If the negligence of another caused that injury, parents might seek legal representation to obtain the justice their child deserves.

If your child suffered a serious brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, you might have a case. If you’d like an experienced West Virginia injury lawyer from The Berthold Firm to evaluate your claim, don’t hesitate to send us an email or call (304) 605-2040.


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