Readers of this blog know that we often cover motor vehicle accidents, including catastrophic injuries that result. We even cover traumatic brain injuries as well. Indeed, in a recent post, we discussed TBIs, but with this topic, we focus on the effect of TBIs on children because they affect them too.
As a reminder, a TBI can occur any time your body or head receives a violent jolt or blow, or your head is impacted or pierced. Since these actions so often occur in car crashes, TBIs frequently occur. And, unfortunately, they also impact children.
Children’s TBI symptoms
For children who can speak, just like adults, speak with them and ask them the same questions as adults. Have them checked out by Loudoun County medical professionals. For children who cannot speak, this is where you will need to be more cognizant and observant. For example, your infant cannot communicate that they are having sensory issues, confusion or headaches. You will need to observe their behaviors to see if they exhibit behaviors that may be signs of these TBI symptoms.
After a Reston County motor vehicle accident, one of the most common TBI symptoms is severe changes in eating or nursing habits. This could be a complete stop, reduction, increase or any noticeable change. Persistent crying, irritability and inability to be consoled are also signs. Other signs are an inability to maintain eye contact, pay attention, drowsiness, inattentiveness, general loss of interest, not wanting to play and no interest in their favorite activities or toys. If your child appears to be sad, depressed, have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep or has seizures, they may also have a TBI.
Do I take them to the pediatrician?
Yes. Wait, what about . . .? Stop. Yes. If your child was in a Fairfax County car accident, take them to the pediatrician, period. If they received a blow to the head or body, take them to the emergency room. It is always better to be on the safe side with children. Remember, even mild or moderate TBIs, without treatment, can become progressively worse.
Finally, do not forget that your children’s medical care is also compensable. Make sure that you let your Virginia attorney know about their medical care and the associated bills.