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Traumatic brain injury in children may lead to attention issues

Injuries to the brain can hamper one's ability to remember information and even cause impulsivity, symptoms that can impact one's quality of life in West Virginia and elsewhere. For parents whose children have suffered traumatic brain injury, their major concern naturally may be what their children will be like a decade from now. Fortunately, researcher have been exploring this topic and are gathering more information about traumatic brain injury's long-term effects.

According to research, patients who have suffered moderate or mild brain injury are twice as likely to develop attention problems. However, for patients with serious injuries, the chances of them developing what is called secondary ADHD increases five-fold. Scientists also found that the family environment impacts the development of such attention issues.

In ideal home environments, children who have suffered severe injuries to the brain might not show many effects of these injuries. Conversely, children who have milder injuries but come from chaotic or disadvantaged homes usually demonstrate ongoing issues. In addition, the early response of family members may be especially critical for achieving positive outcomes long term.

Over 630,000 teenagers and children receive treatment in emergency rooms in the United States after suffering traumatic brain injuries every year. Sometimes their injuries stem from car accidents or other accidents caused by another person's negligence. In these cases, a personal injury claim may be filed against the other party, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages sustained. A monetary award cannot undo the events leading to a person's traumatic brain injury in West Virginia, but it may help the victim to more easily move on from the potentially life-changing incident.

Source:, "Studies uncover long-term effects of traumatic brain injury", Feb. 10, 2017

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