Accidents are, by their very nature, unpredictable; they can happen at any time, and they can have potentially tragic consequences. As a parent, your child’s safety is a top priority, but when it comes to accidents, you may find yourself wondering if there’s anything you can do to protect your child from brain injury?
A large study conducted through the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) recently analyzed data from 43,399 pediatric patients with head injuries. Approximately 98 percent of these patients suffered from mild traumatic brain injury.
Using secondary analysis, the study found that falls were the most frequent cause of head injuries in children aged 12 and under, while there were three most frequent causes of injury among adolescents aged 13 to 17: sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents and assaults.
How can these study results help parents who want to protect their children from brain injuries? Dr. Prashant Mahajan, one of the authors of the study, notes that the study provides insight into the most common causes of brain injury in children.
With younger children more at risk of brain injuries due to falls, prudent parents will want to provide safety helmets for their children. For adolescents, both sports safety equipment and the use of seatbelts are important aids in the prevention of brain injury in the event of an accident. While safety equipment and seatbelts may not prevent an injury from occurring, they may help to reduce the risk that the injury will be severe.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, Bradley I. Kramer and his experienced legal team are here to help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.