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A brain injury in a child can have a long-term impact

West Virginia readers know that when a child suffers from a head injury, it can have devastating and long-term effects. A brain injury, even a minor one, can impact development, the ability to concentrate and more. A recent study on the impact of a head injury found that children who have suffered an injury to the brain may have difficulty focusing and reacting.

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is one of the most common consequences of a serious car accident. Children who are the victims of car accidents may suffer from physical injuries that eventually heal, but the effects on the brain may last much longer. A recent study compared the development, emotional stability and personalities of children who had suffered a TBI. The study found that, even after more than a year after the initial accident, children were still displaying signs of trauma.

The children who suffered moderate to severe TBI showed long-term effects that included lower intelligence levels and more lapses in attention. Children who were victims of a mild TBI also displayed signs of shorter attention spans and lower IQ scores. Other research has proved that children who suffered a TBI have an increased chance of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

When a child has suffered from the effects of a car accident that was caused by reckless behavior or negligence, it is important consider taking legal action. The consequences of a brain injury can impact a child for the rest of his or her life, even affecting the ability to perform in school. West Virginia parents of young victims may act as their advocate by first seeking the opinion of a knowledgeable legal ally.

Source:  Fox News, "Pediatric brain injury may lead to attention problems", Aug. 3, 2015

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