Accidents are among parents’ worse nightmares when it comes to their children. After all, while we try our best to protect them, accidents can be unpredictable, and the damages caused by them can be so traumatic – for our kids, and for our families as a whole.
Just how much of an impact do accidents have on children? According to a recent study, published in November in the New England Journal of Medicine which looked at injuries which caused bleeding in the brain, falls are the leading cause of brain trauma in kids under the age of two. Falls also accounted for 38 percent of head injuries in children between the ages of two and 12.
And according to the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Nathan Kuppermann, many of these serious head injuries are the result of car accidents and bicycle accidents. One clear conclusion from the study? Wearing a seat belt while riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle and wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle can help to protect your child’s brain.
The study found that less than half of the children who suffered head trauma as a result of a car accident were wearing seatbelts, and less than 20 percent of the children in the study who suffered brain injuries in bicycle accidents were wearing helmets.
In all, close to 16,000, or 37 percent, of the children in the study received a CT scan. The study found that seven percent of the children who had CT scans were found to have traumatic brain injury, while another three percent suffered from skull fractures.
Half of the children suffered from several types of head injuries, with the most common type being bleeding in the brain. Out of the 37 percent who had traumatic brain injury, 17 percent underwent brain surgery, and 43 percent of these children had more than one surgery.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of 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.