You are in the stands watching your child play baseball. Your child is in the outfield when the batter hits a ball high in the air in the direction of your child. Your child and another outfielder run toward where they believe the ball will drop. Your child’s focus and the focus of the other player are concentrated on the ball – they do not even see each other. Your child and the other player converge and collide, hitting their heads against one another. Your child falls to the ground and lies motionless for a few, agonizing moments. Then, your child gets up – a little unsteady, but your child appears to be okay. Should you worry?
Or consider that your child is playing on the community playground. Your child climbs to the top of the slide and beckons you to watch as he or she slides down. You watch with joy – then terror – as your child slides quickly down the slide. As he or she reaches the end of the slide, your child falls backwards, hitting his or her head on the end of the slide. Your child screams in pain as blood begins to erupt from the wound. Is this a cause for concern?
Children and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Just like adults, children can suffer traumatic brain injuries as the result of sports injuries, falls, and other forms of rough play. Unlike adults, however, children may not be able articulate that they have suffered a traumatic brain injury and need medical attention. Unfortunately, failing to obtain prompt treatment for a traumatic brain injury can cause additional harm to your child.
If your child suffers a blow to the head and exhibits any of the following signs or symptoms, you should err on the side of caution and obtain prompt medical treatment for your child:
- Your child is rendered unconscious and/or exhibits any signs of memory loss;
- Unexplained, extreme, or unreasonable emotions or swings in emotion;
- Loss of appetite;
- Loss of interest in activities your child used to enjoy;
- Trouble concentrating or difficulty speaking;
- Persistent headache;
- Lethargy or fatigue;
- General complaints about your child’s “head hurting”
Even if your child is not exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, if you are concerned about your child’s well-being you should take him or her to a doctor or emergency room quickly.
Compensation is Available for Some Traumatic Brain Injuries
In some cases, your child’s traumatic brain injury is the result of an “accident” and no person can be held responsible. For example, the situation in which your child collides with another child, there is likely no legal recourse you can take against the other child’s family to recover compensation for your child’s head injury. However, if your child’s head is injured in a car accident, because of the deliberate act of another, or (in the case of the slide) because of a defective product, compensation may be available. The determining factor is whether another person engaged in negligent or reckless behavior and this behavior caused your child’s injury.
Kansas Personal Injury Lawyer Michael R. Lawless is an experienced personal injury attorney helping Kansas residents and families recover compensation following injury accidents caused by another. He will carefully analyze the facts of your case so that you can understand your legal rights and how these rights can be asserted. He will help you decide on an appropriate course of action to take if your child suffers from a head injury. Contact his office today at (800) 734-3771 and discuss your child’s injury with Michael R. Lawless today.