A traumatic brain injury can be devastating for individuals of every age. However, when the victim of this particularly tragic injury is a child, it often brings with it lifelong complications and physical limitations. Often times, these injuries cause severe debilitation through no fault of the child.
Nearly one million children every year suffer traumatic brain injuries, with approximately 20 percent of those requiring hospitalization. Many of them in the Chicago area suffer severe pediatric brain trauma. In all, the largest percentage of childhood traumatic brain injury patients are four years and younger, or 16 years and older.
Truck crashes and car accidents are typical causes of pediatric brain trauma in adolescents and children. The very young, suffering an infant brain injury, are often victims of medical malpractice during childbirth or early years treatment.
A child closed-head injury (traumatic brain injury) is often the result of forces causing an acceleration-deceleration head movement, or a blow to the head. Many victims of brain injuries never lose consciousness, even though this is often a contention of expert doctors serving as witnesses for insurance companies.
In many incidences, brain damage occurs during childbirth, resulting in cerebral palsy or other serious medical condition. This is often caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain of the infant. Doctors are often at fault for causing significant brain damage to the infant from a variety of actions and inactions that include:
- Failure in providing a cesarean section when necessary
- Abuse of Pitocin
- A miscalculation of the baby’s size during childbirth
- Misuse of vacuums and forceps during delivery
In addition to suffering brain injuries, the newborn might also suffer from infections, Erb’s palsy, spinal cord injury, nerve damage and broken limbs.
SBS (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
Shaken impact/shaken baby syndrome is one of the leading causes of an infant brain injury. Often the result of child abuse, SBS can be caused by a variety of actions including throwing or dropping the child, a direct blow to the head, or shaking the child/infant/newborn. In the US, child abuse cases involving head trauma continue to be a leading cause of death of the young.
Many times, a SBS perpetrator is a caregiver or parent, who shakes the infant out of stress or frustration when their crying is inconsolable. Unfortunately, shaking the baby typically produces the desired effect by the perpetrator. While the baby will cry more out of fear after being shaken, crying eventually stops once the brain becomes damaged.
Diagnosing a Pediatric Brain Injury
Infant brain injury or pediatric brain trauma is often diagnosed by a variety of physicians including neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists. Many times, children suffering significant brain injuries will show normal results in a CT scan or MRI. Proper diagnosis often requires a battery of tests performed by a neuropsychologist that have been properly administered and accurately interpreted.
The most common associated symptoms of closed-head or TBI (traumatic brain injury) include:
- Cognitive impairment
- Memory impairment or lost
- Speech or language impairment
- Conduct disorder
- Loss of concentration or mental acuity
- Personality disorder
- Problems with perception
- Sleep disturbance
- Blurred vision
Legal Options for Brain Injury Complications in Infants & Toddlers
Rosenfeld injury lawyers have represented victims of pediatric brain injuries as a result of medical malpractice or accident. Clients have recovered financial damages through a successful out-of-court settlement negotiated by the attorney, or through an award at trial held in front of a judge and jury.
Our seasoned attorneys use expert witness testimony from physicians, neurologists, neuropsychologists and others that can properly evaluate and testify on the medical scope of the child’s injury. Building a strong case often requires exhaustive investigations that meet or exceed the expertise provided by the other side. In addition, expert financial analysts and accountants can help evaluate long-term life care, lost wages, and other financial expenses to determine the actual value of the claim.
Call (888) 424-5757 to speak with Rosenfeld injury lawyers. The attorneys can evaluate the claim thoroughly, and explore every potential source of financial recompense. The law firm can provide legal representation on the best course of action. The attorneys can develop proven legal strategies for handling the child and family’s claim, to receive an adequate amount of financial compensation to last the child’s lifetime.