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When children suffer traumatic brain injuries

West Virginia readers know that a brain injury can have a long-reaching impact on a victim. When children suffer this type of injury, it can affect their performance in school, their cognitive abilities and other aspects of their lives, and parents are often unsure how to offer their children the best support. Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are different in children than in adults, and even minor damage can have a long-term, devastating impact on a family.

In the past, it was thought that a brain injury in a child was not as severe as it would be in an adult because the child's brain is still in development and better able to recover from the injury. However, research shows that this is not the case. While the full cognitive impact may not be apparent until until weeks or months later, these children often have difficulty processing information and focusing in school, and they may develop changes in their personality. 

Car accidents are one of the most common sources of brain injury. When children are in the car at the time of an accident, they could suffer more damage than an adult, even if they were in the backseat. Even injuries that are considered to be minor should be taken seriously, and children who suffer a brain injury of any severity should receive immediate medical attention. 

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries could have a prolonged recovery time. Therapy, tutoring, time missed from school and other losses can combine to result in a frustrating and overwhelming situation for a West Virginia family. When traumatic brain injuries cause a family harm after a car accident, financial compensation could be available for those who care for an injured child.

Source: biausa.org, "Children and Brain Injury", Accessed on Jan. 11, 2016

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