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Brain injuries in children could have long-term consequences

Child play could be rough, and although most Ontario parents may not want to be overprotective, they are advised to become familiar with signs of concussions. Sometimes, a blow or bump to the head that seems insignificant could cause brain injuries. Concussions are never to be regarded as minor because they are mild forms of traumatic brain injuries that could have long-term consequences.

Parents might be surprised to learn that concussions do not always result from head injuries. Any impact on the body that causes a jolt and the rapid movement of the head could cause the brain to smash into the walls of the skull, causing damage or even bleeding of the brain. Brain injuries could be present even if the child does not lose consciousness, and no wounds or bruises are present on the head or face.

Parents can learn to look out for various physical changes such as headache, vision problems, nausea, vomiting and many other red flags. There might be behavioural changes like anxiety and irritability, and cognitive issues may present themselves, which can involve slowed reactions, confusion, or difficulty thinking or concentrating. Concussions are known as invisible brain injuries that are not noticeable on brain imaging procedures such as MRIs and X-rays.

More severe brain injuries or repetitions of concussion incidents can require medical treatment and rehabilitation. The financial losses could be recoverable if the injuries were the result of a negligent driver, sports coach or another party. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assess the circumstances and work to recover financial and emotional damages if there are grounds to file a lawsuit in an Ontario civil court.

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