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Traumatic Brain Injuries Increasing Among Children

Traumatic Brain Injuries Increasing Among Children

More children are diagnosed with brain injuries and concussions today than at any point in American history. Adolescent brain injuries rose a startling 60% over the past decade. This is especially troubling upon learning that the number of brain injuries has increased every year since the early 2000s.

Concerned parents want answers. They want to know why traumatic brain injuries are increasing among children.

Top Causes

According to the CDC, there are three main causes of traumatic brain injuries among children adolescents.

Falls: Falls are the most common cause of brain injuries for infants and toddlers (ages 0-4). This makes sense as very young children are still establishing their balance and may be unable to brace themselves for a fall. Likewise, children’s heads are closer to small hazards, such as tables and chairs.

Falls make up about half of all brain-injury-related cases among children and teens. Next time you see a wet floor sign, take a moment to consider what might happen if it wasn’t there.

Stricken by Object: Traumatic brain injuries and concussions caused by a strike were most common among children and pre-teens. It is difficult to link a direct cause to this issue, but unaware children rarely consider their safety while playing. Children are often unaware of personal injury until they experience such an incident firsthand.

Car Accidents: Car accidents are the leading cause of hospitalization for older teens (15-20) and the leading cause of death caused by a traumatic brain injury for ages 15-35. While driving a car represents freedom for many American teens, adolescents must remain aware of their surroundings and the rules of the road.

Other Causes

While the CDC identifies the direct causes of childhood traumatic brain injuries, studies suggest other factors could be responsible for the rising rate.

Some suggest that the rise in brain injuries is directly related to the rise in sports and extracurricular accessibility. American schools are consistently increasing the activities they offer. As a result, there are now roughly 8 million adolescent athletes in the US (roughly 1 in 5 teens).

With greater accessibility comes a greater risk of injury. Any contact sport dramatically increases a child’s risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury. That’s why several states now require concussion diagnosis training for all athletes.

Better Diagnosis

With increased awareness and training comes more accurate diagnoses. The definition of a concussion has become more nuanced and well-defined over the past 30 years. A head injury that might have been ignored in the 1980s could send a child to the emergency room today.

It’s not that children are more fragile; rather, medical understanding of the severity of concussions and head injuries has made leaps and bounds. Doctors are constantly learning more about the impacts of a serious head injury.

Medical science is beginning to understand the long-term effects of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. An undiagnosed brain injury can lead to an assortment of ailments, including depression, mood imbalance, ADHD, and cognitive impairment.

Hire an Attorney

Children can’t fight brain injuries alone. Property owners must provide a reasonably safe environment to prevent falls. Coaches and assistants must identify brain injuries when they happen and pull kids off the field.

Encouraging children to keep going, despite a serious brain injury could lead to long-term complications with the potential to alter the child’s quality of life. Anyone who fails to provide a safe environment for a child or who willfully puts them in a needlessly dangerous situation must answer for their negligence.

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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