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Pediatric brain injuries in WA

Seattle Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

Seattle-area TBI lawyers helping families protect their children’s future

Pediatric traumatic brain injuries can have a profound impact on a child's life, affecting their development, education, and overall well-being. As experienced advocates for families navigating the complexities of pediatric TBIs, the Seattle pediatric traumatic brain injury attorneys at Smith McBroom are committed to helping you secure the necessary resources and compensation to support your child's recovery and future.

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Why are pediatric brain injuries different?

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) defines pediatric traumatic brain injuries as follows:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a form of nondegenerative acquired brain injury resulting from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or body) or a penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function.

TBI can cause brain damage that is focal (e.g., gunshot wound), diffuse (e.g., shaken baby syndrome), or both. Symptoms can vary depending on site of lesion, extent of damage to the brain, and the child's age or stage of development.

It is vital to note that, with children, deficits may not be immediately apparent because a child’s brain is still developing. ASHA calls TBI in children a “chronic disease process” instead of a one-time event because symptoms can change and alter over time.

The CDC also reports:

Children have the highest rate of emergency department visits for traumatic brain (TBI) injury of all age groups. TBI affects children differently than adults. An injury of any severity to the developing brain can disrupt a child’s development, and may result in restrictions in school and participation in activities (e.g., sports).  As a result of TBI, children can experience changes in their health, thinking, and behavior that affect learning, self-regulation, and social participation, all of which are important in becoming a productive adult.

What are the signs of pediatric traumatic brain injuries?

A pediatric traumatic brain injury is often considered to be a catastrophic injury. Pediatric traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can manifest in a variety of signs and symptoms, and they may differ from those seen in adults. Parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals must be aware of the potential indicators of a pediatric TBI. Keep in mind that symptoms can vary based on the severity of the injury, and not all children will exhibit the same signs. If you suspect a child has sustained a head injury, seek immediate medical attention. Common signs of pediatric traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Irritability and changes in behavior
  • Headache
  • Balance and coordination issues
  • Vision and hearing changes
  • Cognitive and memory issues
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech or difficulty talking
  • Loss of consciousness, even if brief
  • Clear fluid drainage from nose and ears
  • Changes in academic and school performance
  • Excessive fatigue

It's important to note that symptoms of pediatric traumatic brain injuries can sometimes be subtle or mistaken for other conditions. Additionally, young children may have difficulty expressing their symptoms, making it important for caregivers to be vigilant and seek medical attention if they observe any concerning changes in a child's behavior or physical condition, especially after a head injury or accident. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly affect the outcomes for children with traumatic brain injuries.

What are the treatments for pediatric traumatic brain injuries in Seattle?

The treatment of pediatric traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) involves a comprehensive and individualized approach, considering the unique needs and challenges faced by each child. In cases of severe TBIs, immediate emergency medical care is crucial for stabilization. This includes interventions to ensure proper oxygen supply, control swelling, and address any life-threatening conditions.

  • Diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans or MRIs, is employed to assess the extent of the brain injury, identify bleeding or swelling, and guide treatment decisions. Children with moderate to severe TBIs may require hospitalization for close observation, medical management, and specialized care.
  • Medication plays a significant role in the treatment plan. Pain management medications may be prescribed to alleviate discomfort. In cases of seizures, anticonvulsant medications may be administered. Additionally, medications may be used to manage intracranial pressure in situations where elevated pressure within the skull is a concern.
  • Surgical intervention may be necessary in some cases. Neurosurgery may be performed to address bleeding, remove hematomas, or relieve pressure on the brain. Rehabilitation therapy is a critical component of the treatment process. This may include physical therapy to improve strength, coordination, and mobility, occupational therapy to address daily living skills, and speech therapy for those with communication difficulties.
  • Educational support is often required for children with TBIs. Special education services may be provided to address learning challenges resulting from the injury. Psychological and behavioral support is also essential. Counseling and therapy, both individual and family-based, can help children cope with emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Regular follow-up care is necessary to monitor the child's progress, address emerging issues, and make adjustments to the treatment plan as needed. Supportive care, including nutritional support and the use of assistive devices or home modifications, may also be recommended to enhance the child's overall well-being during the recovery process.

Do you have a Seattle pediatric traumatic brain injury attorney near me?

Smith McBroom is located at 16400 Southcenter Parkway, Suite #210, Seattle, Washington, 98188. We’re right off I-5 and I-405, near Southcenter Mall. There is a bus stop near our office, and we offer free on-site parking.

Pediatric traumatic brain injury lawyers serving the greater Seattle area

If your child has experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), navigating the path to recovery can be overwhelming. At Smith McBroom, we advocate for the rights of children and families affected by pediatric brain injuries. Our dedicated team of Seattle pediatric traumatic brain injury attorneys understands the unique challenges associated with these cases, and we are here to provide the compassionate and expert legal support you need. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, call our Tukwila-based offices or fill out our contact form today.