Recent headlines about concussions suffered by children have raised awareness about head injuries. But according to new research from the American Academy of Pediatrics, many parents remain uninformed about mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI.
The study highlights the need to educate parents on how to recognize a concussion after an injury, said Dr. Tracy Zaslow, medical director of the sports medicine and concussion program at Children’s Orthopaedic Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Even highly educated parents have misconceptions about concussions, he said
In the study, parents struggled to correctly identify concussion symptoms, mistakenly believing that reduced breathing rate and difficulty speaking were signs of a head injury.
These and other false false perceptions about concussions, Zaslow said, may keep parents from seeking immediate medical care and lead to inadequate care for injured children at home.
Recognizing the symptoms of a concussion is a critical first step for full recovery from a head injury. Research shows that a single concussion can cause long-term changes in thinking, sensation, language and emotion. If a child with symptoms of concussion suffers a second head injury, the risk of serious long-term complications is even greater.
Get the Heads Up App
Head injury symptoms, however, aren’t always recognizable. That can lead to children not being diagnosed with a concussion and failing to receive timely and appropriate care.
To help parents make the all-important determination of whether a child has suffered a concussion, the law firm of Goodman Acker would like to share a tool called the Heads Up app. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Heads up app is free and available for download on both Apple and Android devices.
The app was developed to help parents and others learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of a concussion and what to do if they think their child has a concussion or other brain injury. In addition, the app includes information on selecting the right helmet for an activity and detailed safety tips for prevention of head injuries.
The CDC reports that 175,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for sports-related concussions each year. Every 21 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a serious brain injury.
In light of these statistics—and the importance of concussion symptom awareness—Goodman Acker’s personal injury lawyers strongly recommend that you download the Heads Up app on your smartphone for easy access in case of an emergency.
Compensation for Victims
A victim who suffers a brain injury in a car accident, slip and fall accident, assault or other circumstance involving someone else’s negligence may have the right to pursue a lawsuit to collect damages for pain and suffering, payment of medical bills and other benefits. Many lawyers have significant experience in handling these types of claims and will be able to determine whether you have a case.