Child Brain Trauma Lawsuit
How to Recognize a Child’s Head Injury
There are several factors that can contribute to a child’s head injury. This includes the following:
- Playing sports,
- Motor vehicle accident, or
- Physical abuse.
During the spring and summer time, children are usually active. They do various outdoor activities, such as skateboarding, riding their bikes, and going roller skating. They are also involved in sports, including football, hockey, basketball, and soccer.
These physical activities have a high chance of causing some sort of concussion or head injury.
Symptoms may vary depending on the circumstances of the injury. Mild head injury symptoms include:
- Lack of balance,
- Abnormal sleeping patterns,
- Blurred vision,
- Sensitivity towards sounds or light,
- Memory problems,
- Tinnitus, or
- Having no energy.
Moderate to severe head injuries may result in:
- Slurred speech,
- Severe headaches,
- Consistent nausea or vomiting,
- Incapability of walking properly,
- Pale skin,
- Clear fluid being drained out of the ears or nose,
- Losing consciousness,
- Being under a coma,
- One eye pupil appearing larger than the other,
- Memory problems, or
- Feeling weak.
It is important to get your child’s head injury checked out by a medical expert to get a diagnosis of their condition.
To make a proper diagnosis of a child’s head injury, it is expected for a doctor to administer physical exams. These include:
- X-rays. Images will be taken of the bones, organs, and internal tissues.
- Blood tests. A sample of your child’s blood will be taken to check and see if there are any health problems your child might have.
- CT scan. This provides more clear visuals compared to X-rays. CT scans will show detailed images of any body part, such as muscles, organs, bones, and fat.
- MRI. Large magnets and a computer are used to conduct detailed images of the child’s organs and tissues.
Treatment primarily depends on how severe your child’s brain injury is. Taking care of minor injuries requires:
- Bed rest,
- Ice on the injured area,
- Antibiotic ointments,
- Monitoring the injured area, and
- Wrapping a gauze or bandage around the injured area.
For severe cases, a child must:
- Be monitored more closely,
- Sedated to relax or sleep,
- Be on a ventilator or respirator,
- Have intracranial pressure monitoring
- Have surgery,
- Get diagnostic tests, or
- Have a referral to a brain injury specialist.
Not all cases will apply to a child suffering from a brain injury. Everyone reacts differently.
Head Injury Complications
Children who suffer from a head injury may experience complications that include losing function in their:
- Speech, or
- Muscle control.
Once it is determined where the damage was done, the child will be placed in:
- Physical therapy,
- Cognitive therapy,
- Psychological therapy,
- Speech therapy, or
- Occupational therapy.
- Have safety gates installed around the house. You should place these gates on the top and bottom of the stairs, which will help prevent children from falling when they are not being monitored.
- Make sure your children are using seat belts when they are in the car. Having no seat belt on will increase the chances of the child sustaining severe injuries if they were to get into a motor vehicle accident.
- Have your child wear a helmet for outdoor activities that can cause serious injuries, such as skateboarding, riding bikes, or snowboarding.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
If you have any questions on how to properly handle your child’s brain injury case, West Coast Trial Lawyers has skillful brain injury attorneys that have extensive experience in handling cases involving personal injury. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. Reach out to our friendly legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].