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Brain injuries particularly dangerous in children

People of all ages could find they are facing a long recovery following a brain injury. Depending on the severity of the injury it is possible the symptoms could take many forms. These symptoms may be physical, emotional or cognitive.

Physically, someone who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury could face headaches or other chronic pain. They might also experience hearing or vision issues. Pain, stiffness, tingling or numbness could also appear. So too could paralysis.

The emotional symptoms can be debilitating as well. In addition to anxiety, depression or PTSD, some people experience difficulties in controlling their emotions. This could lead to relationship issues with family and friends.

On the cognitive side, concentration and memory problems could be present. Victims of TBI might also have a hard time with speaking, reading and writing, as well as understanding what they hear, read or write.

While it is problematic anytime anyone of any age suffers a TBI, this is particularly true where young children are concerned. Sadly, a young girl recently suffered a serious brain injury in a Toronto school. According to her mother, the injury, which occurred when a bathroom stall door fell upon her, took two months to recover from. In addition to issues with concentration, she also had a hard time sleeping and eating.

The issue with young children and brain injuries is that they have so much of their lives ahead of them. In the course of their lives it is possible they could suffer additional brain injuries. When this happens, the symptoms can be even worse and possibly even inflict permanent damage.

In situations such as this one where the negligence of another party is to blame for the injury, legal action may be appropriate. A personal injury lawyer can help determine the best way to proceed.

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