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The symptoms of brain injury in children

Picking up bumps and bruises is part of being a child, but sometimes unfortunately some children do sustain serious head injuries and when this happens the consequences can be severe.

At Moore Blatch brain injury compensation solicitors, we have worked on many successful brain injury compensation claims for children. In doing so, we have built relationships with the parents of the affected children and the medical professionals who have worked with them.

It’s clear that the most important thing that parents can do following an accident is to watch their children closely and remain vigilant for the signs of a brain injury.

What kinds of brain injury are commonly suffered by children?

Brain injuries in children can range from mild, to moderate or severe. Minor brain injuries will typically have different symptoms than more serious injuries.

Mild brain injuries may cause a bump or bruise but as long as the child is conscious and does not have any deep cuts, parents do not have to seek immediate medical attention. They do, however, have to remain extremely vigilant for the signs of a more serious injury, even though they might not manifest, or become worse, for more than 24 hours.

What are the symptoms of a mild brain injury in children?

The symptoms of mild brain injury in children can include:

  • Mild headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Blurred vision

Children may be distressed by minor head injuries and may cry. This is normal and most children will settle down. If they do not, they may be experiencing a more serious brain injury.

What are the symptoms of a moderate or severe brain injury in children?

Medical attention should be sought immediately, if any of the following symptoms are apparent in a child after a head impact:

  • Lack of consciousness

  • Seizures or fits

  • Dizziness and loss of balance

  • Loss of vision, blurred vision or double vision

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Inability to walk

  • Fatigue or difficulty staying awake

  • General weakness

  • Loss of power or sensation in an arm or leg, or any part of the body

  • Difficulty speaking or understanding what people say

  • Reading or writing problems

  • Memory loss

  • Irritability and aggression

  • Unusual behaviour of any kind

In the case of any of these symptoms, especially loss of consciousness, we recommend that parents or guardians take children immediately to hospital or call 999 to request an ambulance.

What should I do if my child has suffered a serious brain injury in an accident which wasn’t their fault?

If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident which wasn’t your fault, or theirs, Call Moore Blatch Solicitors for the legal advice and practical support you need.

At Moore Blatch Solicitors we can help you to build the best possible case for brain injury compensation and we also ensure that you have the advice and support that you need throughout this challenging time.

  • We offer a bespoke, personal service

  • Access to the highest quality rehabilitation services

  • More than 30 year brain injury claim experience

  • An unbeatable track record with many multi-million pound settlements

  • The leading barristers and medical experts

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