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Joliet child injury lawyersStatistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that some 435,000 children sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. While a large percentage of them do ultimately recover, there is also an alarmingly high percentage of young people that experience lifelong deficits after a brain injury. Science now believes there could be a physiological reason. Learn more about what researchers have discovered about traumatic brain injuries in kids and see what it could mean for your child's personal injury case.

Study “Predicts” Long-Term TBI Problems

In a preliminary study from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, researchers analyzed the brain scans of 21 children who had suffered a brain injury and compared them against one another shortly after injury and again a year later. The scans were then again compared, this time against a control group, which included the brain scans of 20 healthy children.

During their analysis, researchers noticed that some of the children had a slight delay in the transfer of information from one hemisphere of the brain to the other. Researchers also found that these children had widespread regions of white matter disorganization and progressive loss of white matter volume. The result of that was both heartbreaking and astounding.

Examining the Reason for Long-Term Complications

While one group of children experienced a delay in the transfer of information, there was yet another group that did not experience a delay, despite also experiencing a brain injury. Researchers do not know why this group recovered better than the other group, but they suspect that it could have something to do with an alteration to the brain's structure. The current hypothesis is that the changes are caused by inflammation, but further studies will need to be done before any sort of definitive reason can be given.

Obtaining the Support Your Child Needs After a Head Injury

Although the new study shows promise for predicting which children may need more support and treatment after a brain injury, there is little evidence or information out there for parents who need to determine where their child stands today. Sadly, this can be a massive disadvantage for those that have the right to pursue compensation since there is no reliable way to predict how long the child may be disadvantaged after an injury.

Tedone & Morton, P.C. can help. Dedicated and experienced, we strive to protect your child's best interests and well-being. No matter what the circumstances, we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible in each case. See what you may be owed and obtain the seasoned representation you deserve. Call 815-666-1285 and schedule a personalized consultation with our Joliet child injury lawyers today.


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