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Causes of TBIs and signs a children has one

The brain is one of the most vital organs in our body. Any injury to it could mean serious mental and health issues. While many individuals in Virginia take extra precautions to guard against a serious injury to the head, the unfortunate reality is that accidents happen and could cause detrimental effects to the brain and body.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) could stem from a variety of incidents. These typically include falls, motor-vehicle accidents, acts of violence, sports injuries and explosive blasts. While children are not always a victim of these accidents, it is important to understand what damages could result and what the signs and symptoms.

Whether it is a fall or a motor vehicle accident, the brain could suffer damage directly below the point of impact. A severe blow or a jolt to the head could result in multiple points of damage to the brain because this causes the brain to move back and forth in the skull. If an incident causes severe rotational or spinning jolts, this could cause tearing in the cellular structures of the brain. A blast could result in a brain injury, and depending on the type of blast and the distance a victim is from the blast site, widespread damage to the brain could result.

When an object penetrates into the skull and into the brain, this could cause irreparable damage to the cells, vessels and protective tissue of and around the brain. Finally, bleeding in or around the brain could result from a serious accident. This could also include swelling of the brain as well as blot clots. This can disrupt the oxygen supply to the brain, resulting in even wider or additional damage to the brain.

When children are victims of a brain injury, it can be a very difficult situation. If a negligent party is to blame, then it might be possible to hold them accountable through a personal injury claim. This could help with the recovery of compensation that can be used to address medical bills, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, future medical costs and other related damages.

Source: Mayoclinic.org, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed on Dec. 23, 2015

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