A recent study has concluded that children who suffer traumatic
brain injuries (TBI) suffer long-term consequences, including diminished attention spans
and longer reaction times. These results have also been documented in
adults. However, this is the first study to link sustaining a TBI as a
child to intelligence and attention problems.
According to the study one and one-half years following an injury, the
children still had attention problems and internalizing problems like
anxiety higher for kids with TBI. Parents also rated externalizing problems,
like aggression, higher for the kids with TBI.
Average reaction time was slower for kids in the TBI group than for those
in the other trauma group, the researchers found. Further, because the
attention problems persisted more than a year after the injury, it is
unlikely that they will resolve themselves over time.
TBI’s occur as the result of a sharp blow to the head, such as may
occur in a car accident, bike accident or sports injury.
For more information, or if you believe your child has suffered a brain
injury as the result of another’s negligence, please contact the
dedicated San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson,
LLP for an immediate consultation.