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Children and traumatic brain injuries

Many Louisiana adults and children alike suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year. In some cases, children who incur traumatic brain injuries do not get the type of care and monitoring that they need.

According to a study that was published in the July 2016 issue of Pediatrics , between 1.1 million and 1.9 million children and teenagers suffer from a TBI every year while they are engaged in sporting events or other recreational activities. Around 44 million children are involved in sports every year. Of those who receive traumatic brain injuries, a majority do not get any medical care at all. The researchers estimated that up to approximately 1.2 million injured children do not go to see their doctors following their injuries.

While public awareness about the risk of traumatic brain injuries for professional athletes has risen, especially with the very public example of boxing great Mohammed Ali’s deterioration, less attention has been paid to the issue of sports-related brain injuries in child athletes involved in recreational and school sports. The National Academy of Medicine recommends the development of a surveillance system for such injuries, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to develop one.

In addition to contact sports, many people incur traumatic brain injuries when they are involved in auto accidents. A person who receives such a serious injury may be left facing a lifetime of disability, requiring extensive and costly medical care. When the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, an attorney could assist an injured victim in seeking compensation for the losses that have been and will be sustained by filing a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist.

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