Head trauma in a child is a very frightening thing. Even though the skull
is pretty tough, a sufficiently strong impact may cause
traumatic brain injury.
Head trauma, or concussions in children are the bane of a parent’s
existence. The very thought of their child tripping over a rug and connecting
with the sharp edge of a coffee table or falling out of the top bunk bed
are the stuff of nightmares for anxious parents. “If a child is
involved in a car crash that was the result of someone else’s negligence
and sustains traumatic brain injuries, it is critical to seek the advice
of a skilled personal injury attorney,” advised
Christopher Mellino, of the Mellino Law Firm LLC in Cleveland, Ohio.
Fortunately, the skull is strong and fairly resilient to minor impacts
and will do its job of protecting the brain from being slammed around
inside the skull. Thankfully lower level impacts won’t faze kids
and they’ll just pick themselves up and keep on going. “The
thing is that falling and running into objects is just about the number
one reason kids land in the ER. On average, there are actually over one
million head injuries in kids every year. More serious injuries, like
those acquired in an accident are another matter and require prompt medical
attention,” Mellino added.
While head injuries (minor ones) may be a fact of life with a child in
the house, there are circumstances that may lead to the frightening possibility
of traumatic brain injury. If the child sustains an impact of sufficient
force to make the brain move inside the skull, hitting the front and back
of the skull, it will rupture and tear blood vessels, injure nerves, and
possibly leave bruises on the brain. If a scenario like this happens,
a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury mobilizes ER doctors. “Parents
will need the expertise of a highly trained personal injury lawyer to
recover damages for any injuries a child has sustained in an accident
at the hands of someone else,” said Mellino.
The difficult thing with children hitting their heads is that they are
not likely to either know or understand what a concussion is nor even
recognize the symptoms. This is something the parents need to be on the
alert to spot. “Typically speaking, the usual signs are sensitivity
to light, vomiting, headaches and dizziness,” outlined Christopher
Mellino, of the Mellino Law Firm LLC in Cleveland, Ohio. Although this
might be a mild concussion and things will clear up in a couple of weeks,
the side effects may last for years.
In the case of an injury accident, head straight to the ER and have the
child checked immediately for
traumatic brain injury. Make the next phone call to a qualified personal injury attorney for