As readers of this legal blog know, motor vehicle accidents are shockingly common. They result in traumatic brain injuries quite often as well. However, unlike adults, children often do not have a way to communicate their symptoms to you. How can Houston, Texas, parents tell if their children may have a TBI?
Err on the side of medical intervention
First, always err on the side of medical intervention when your children are involved in a motor vehicle accident. Their developing brains can be especially susceptible to TBIs and can more easily heal from them as well, if medical intervention is received.
Look for these symptoms
Parents should look for the telltale symptoms of TBIs. Any change in nursing or eating habits could be a sign, as could changes in their sleep habits. If they suddenly seem disinterested in their favorite toys, activities, movies or television shows, this could be a sign that something is wrong as well.
Persistent or unusual irritability is a common TBI sign. If they are crying for seemingly no reason and you cannot console them, this too could be a symptom. TBIs can also cause drowsiness, depression and make paying attention much harder.
Your kids can be victims too
If your Harris County kids were involved in the car accident with you, they are victims too. This means that their pain, suffering, ongoing and future medical expenses are all compensable in a personal injury lawsuit. You do not have to fight this battle alone. You and an attorney can collaborate in advocating for your children.