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What Are The Signs of a Brain Injury in a Child?

On behalf of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. Posted in Brain Injury on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Having children is one of life’s greatest blessings. However, when your child suffers a serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), your life will be forever changed. Your child will require extensive medical care, which will cost you tens of thousands of dollars. A Philadelphia brain injury attorney from Soloff & Zervanos can help you fight for compensation if your child suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligent acts.

What Are The Symptoms of a Pediatric Brain Injury?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a child might be the victim of a brain injury if he or she exhibits the following symptoms:

  • Seizures
  • Unusual irritability
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Drowsiness
  • A depressed or sad mood
  • An inability to be consoled or constant crying
  • A loss of interest in the child’s favorite activities or toys
  • A change in the child’s sleeping habits
  • An inability for the child to pay attention

It is imperative that you seek immediate medical care at a hospital emergency room if your child suffered a blow to the head or upper body that has changed their behavior. Even if the brain injury has been categorized as mild, it is still serious and should be evaluated thoroughly by a doctor.

What Are Common Causes of Pediatric Brain Injuries?

Children can suffer a brain injury anywhere under almost any type of circumstance. However, the most common causes of pediatric brain injuries include the following:

Young children who have been moved from a crib to a toddler bed should either have side rails installed on the bed or the bed should be as low to the floor as possible to prevent a fall. According to New Jersey law, children should be secured in a vehicle as follows:

  • Children under two years of age and 30 pounds should be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness
  • Children under four years of age and 40 pounds should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach those limits and then be in a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness
  • Children under eight years of age and 57 inches in height should be secured in either of the above until they reach those limits and then in a booster seat that uses the vehicle’s seat belt
  • Children eight or older and taller than 57 inches must use the vehicle’s seat belt

Consult a Philadelphia Brain Injury Attorney for Your Child’s TBI

If your child has suffered a TBI while playing sports, in a car accident, or because of abuse, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation to protect their rights. The experienced team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. will be able to investigate your case and fight for the compensation you deserve.

A Philadelphia brain injury attorney from our team can help you determine the best course of action following your child’s brain injury. Call our office at 866-597-8572, or complete the contact form on our website to schedule a consultation today.