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What to look for in children after a TBI

A child in Oklahoma or elsewhere who experiences a severe traumatic brain injury may be five times more likely to suffer from secondary ADHD. Children who experience a minor TBI are twice as likely to develop attention issues compared to a healthy individual. This is according to research conducted by individuals from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). The research followed children for an average of seven years after they experienced a TBI.

Each year, there are roughly 435,000 children between the ages of 0 and 14 brought to emergency rooms after a TBI. Furthermore, a CDC report from 2009 found that 250,000 people aged 19 and younger were treated for TBIs after playing sports or getting hurt in other recreational activities. This number has increased by 57 percent from 2001 to 2009, according to the CDC.

A concussion or other TBI could hinder language abilities and have effects on a child's ability to reason. Emotional issues could also result from a TBI or concussion. Researchers have found that a child's home life may be linked to his or her prognosis after getting hurt. Those in better home environments are less likely to show as many symptoms.

If a person is hurt while participating in a sporting event or some other activity, he or she may decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. The parents of a minor who is hurt may file a lawsuit on the child's behalf. If it can be shown that negligence on the part of another person caused an accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses. Lost future earnings and other damages may also be awarded in a settlement or by a jury.

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