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Each year in the United States millions people, including children, sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) - a blow or jolt to the head, which can disrupt the function of the brain. The severity of a TBI can range from a mild concussion to the extremes of coma or even death. Million Americans in Orange County and Los Angeles currently live with disabilities resulting from TBI. The leading causes of these types of injuries are:
Injuries suffered as a result of TBI can be severe and life altering. Our law firm understands that the immediate goals after going through such trauma are to get medical bills paid and covered, make sure you or your loved one does not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure the appropriate insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to the injury. Our experienced Los Angeles attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
Unfortunately, head injuries are very common with children in Southern California, accounting for approximately one hundred thousand hospitalizations annually. Modes of injury include motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, falls, sporting injuries, and child abuse. Certain aspects of brain injury are unique to children. For example, it is more difficult to determine the measure the loss of brain function in a child. In adults there are prior academic records, I.Q. scores, and job histories to rely on. At one time it was assumed that children were more resistant to brain trauma than adults because their developing brains could rewire over time. However, mounting evidence seems to suggest otherwise. In fact, it may be that children are more susceptible than adults to permanent brain damage even when the forces involved are equivalent.
n children some neurologic deficits after head trauma in Orange County may not manifest for many years. Frontal lobe functions, for example, develop relatively late in a child's growth, so that injury to the frontal lobes may not become apparent until the child reaches adolescence as higher level reasoning develops. Since the frontal lobes control our social interactions and interpersonal skills, early childhood brain damage may not manifest until such frontal lobe skills are called into play later in development. Likewise, injury to reading and writing centers in the brain may not become apparent until the child reaches school age and shows signs of delayed reading and writing skills.
Maintaining vascular stability after head trauma in Los Angeles can be a difficult feat in children. On occasion, a head injury can trigger a sudden dilation of all cerebral blood vessels, resulting in a massive influx of blood into the head. All the extra blood and associated cerebral edema it causes can raise intracranial pressure over the course of hours to fatal levels. These children seem normal after the accident but within a few hours lose consciousness as intracranial pressure rises.
Recent studies show that children's skulls are only 1/8 as strong as that of adults. Thus, children are much more vulnerable to injury through deformation and fracture of the skull, which can injure the brain.
In adolescents, the effects of brain injury are often difficult to distinguish from the normal anxiety and behavioral changes that occur as part of adolescent development.
Educational opportunities are guaranteed to mildly head injured children in California under Federal law 94-142 which protects the rights of learning disabled, retarded and emotionally disturbed children to receive an education. Head injured children are unique in this regard. They are not learning disabled, retarded or emotionally disturbed. While a head injured child may have some difficulty in placement, under the law such children must still be placed in an appropriate setting for their unique problems.
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