Families in Atlanta, and all over Georgia, have experienced the devastating effects of childhood brain injury as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another person or corporation. Our Atlanta based child injury law firm takes great pride in assisting Georgia families to secure the appropriate financial recovery for children with serious injuries from auto and trucking accidents, day care negligence, dangerous products, and other causes of childhood brain injury.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury In Georgia Children
According to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), located here in Atlanta, Georgia, Traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) is the leading cause of disability and death in children. The CDC notes that children from birth to age 4 and those age 15-19 are at the highest risk. These age ranges probably reflect the notion that, through age 4, children are most likely to fall or suffer injury associated with their developing motor coordination. And, children age 15- 19 are within the group most likely to suffer brain injury from motor vehicle accidents and involvement in sports.
Among kids ages 0 to 19, each year there is an average of:
• 62,000 kids who sustain brain injuries requiring hospitalization as a result of car accidents, falls, sports-related injuries, and other causes
• 560,000 children who present to hospital emergency rooms for traumatic brain injury, but are then sent home
Among kids ages 0 to 14 years, traumatic brain injury results in an estimated:
• 2,600 deaths
• 37,000 admissions to a hospital
• 435,000 ER visits
* Falls are the leading cause of brain injury for children from birth to 4 years of age.
* Falls and car accidents are responsible for approximately 70% of traumatic brain injuries in preschool children.
Recovery In Children After Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injury in children is different from their adult counterparts. Symptoms of a brain injury in kids may be similar to those of adults; however, the functional impact is likely to be quite different.
A common misconception is that kids are “mini” adults. They are not. In fact, the brain of a child continually develops. In past years, medical providers thought that kids could recover from a brain injury far better than adults because of a child’s evolving and developing brain. In short, the belief was that simply because a kid’s brain was evolving, the traumatic injury could be “worked around.” More recent medical research has all but disproven this theory. In fact, current medical thought is that a child’s brain injury may be more difficult on a child than an injury of the same magnitude on an adult. The cognitive difficulty experienced by kids after brain injury may not manifest right after a TBI. But, symptoms of a brain injury may become obvious as the child gets older and is exposed to increased cognitive (“thinking”) requirements and social/behavioral norms. In other words, as a child with TBI grows and the demand in both school and social settings increases, the symptoms of the TBI are likely to become more pronounced or obvious.
These delayed effects can create huge challenges for living and attending school for childhood victims of TBI and, naturally, their parents. Of course, some kids with TBI may have physical challenges—and, those are usually the first to be noticed and addressed. However, equally significant, many children with a brain injury must deal with alterations in their thinking and learning patterns, as well as their interaction with other kids.
Our Atlanta Child Injury Law Firm has seen children affected by traumatic brain injury from:
• Car accidents
• Truck accidents
• Falls at day cares, school, and playgrounds
• Swimming pool incidents and near drownings
• DUI crashes
• Sports-related injuries, where supervision was lacking
Some great resources are set forth below for Georgia parents dealing with brain injury within their family:
Other Child Injury Practice Areas
Children And Truck Accidents
Unfortunately, many trucking companies and drivers place profits over people. Deliveries need to be made, regardless of bad weather, speed, truck maintenance issues, and driver fatigue. This reality is reflected in a company’s failing to hire qualified drivers, letting poorly trained drivers operate semi-trucks, and allowing the maximum hours for driving limits to be exceeded. The result of this profit over safety business model is serious personal injury to, and the wrongful death of, Georgia citizens, including many children.Read More
Children and Car Accidents
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Kids and Bicycle Accidents
Despite the rapid rise in technology, bicycling remains a favorite pastime of children in Atlanta and all over Georgia. Kids ride their bikes on private and public property. Most parents are aware of modern safety trends, such as helmets and proper fitting and sizing for bicycles. However, children riding bikes on both private and public areas are, to some degree, reliant upon others—primarily motorists in cars and trucks—to lookout for them.Read More
Children and Dog Bites / Attacks
Our Georgia child injury law firm has represented many kids who have been attacked by dogs. Unfortunately, while most dogs are domesticated and friendly, some are aggressive, bite, and cause serious injury to children. While pit bulls are most commonly associated with dog attacks in Georgia, our law firm has represented kids who have been bitten and attacked by a wide variety of dog breeds. Usually, dog bites and attacks result in facial injuries and puncture wounds to the child’s neck, arms, and legs. Often, these injuries result in scarring that must be treated surgically.Read More
Day Care Negligence
Parents in Atlanta and all over Georgia entrust their children to day cares every day. Undoubtedly, many of these day cares are run by owners who have the best interests of Georgia kids in mind. Unfortunately, some day cares fall prey to the common motivation of many corporations—profits. And, over emphasis on profits at day cares means that safety loses. After all, day cares are usually operated as for-profit corporations in Georgia. There is no problem with that business model, as long as these companies, by and through their employees, treat Georgia’s children properly...Read More
Our Atlanta child injury law firm has reviewed many serious injury claims related to playgrounds and play areas at local day cares. Atlanta area parks, schools, and childcare facilities have indoor and outdoor playgrounds, which allow to children to exercise, play, and develop social and motor skills. Kids need to play, but they need to do so in a safe environment. The good news is that playgrounds can be made safe fairly easily and without much cost to the property owner. The bad news is that all too often, day cares, recreational companies (such as “jump” houses and trampoline parks), and restaurants with play areas, fail to inspect, monitor, and supervise these playgrounds.Read More
Drowning Accident and Swimming Pool Injury
Drowning, near-drowning, and pool-related injuries are an all-too-common occurrence in Atlanta and all around Georgia. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a pool, we encourage you to call our Atlanta injury law firm for a free consultation.
A swimming pool accident or drowning may be the result of negligence by a homeowner, corporation, apartment complex, park, or private club. If a friend or loved one has experienced any injury or death as a result of the use of a pool, we encourage you to call our Atlanta swimming pool accident law firm.Read More
IV injuries occur when the fluid that is pumping through the IV, which is supposed to go directly into the child’s veins, “escapes” the IV catheter and flows into the surrounding tissue instead of the bloodstream. Fluids and medications can be either non-vesicant (meaning not irritating to the surrounding tissue) or vesicant (meaning caustic or irritating to surrounding tissue). Vesicant fluids and medication have the capability of causing injury more quickly; however, even non-vesicants may cause substantial harm to a patient because fluids or medication leak into areas of the body which are not able to tolerate increased pressure or fluid build up.Read More
Amusement Park Injuries
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Dangerous Child Products
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Traumatic Brain Injuries
Families in Atlanta, and all over Georgia, have experienced the devastating effects of childhood brain injury as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another person or corporation. Our Atlanta based child injury law firm takes great pride in assisting Georgia families to secure the appropriate financial recovery for children with serious injuries from auto and trucking accidents, day care negligence, dangerous products, and other causes of childhood brain injury...Read More
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Closed Head Injuries / Concussions
We routinely handle matters involving closed head injuries/concussions. Please check back soon, as our content for this page is being updated.