Every parent is concerned for the safety of his or her child. They do everything they can to protect them from danger, and help them when they’ve suffered any harm. Unfortunately, children who suffer brain injuries may carry the effects well into adulthood, even beyond the lives of their parents. A recent study in Ontario reveals some of the possible long-term outcomes of concussions in children.
During the study, more than 2,000 children ranging in age from 5- to 18-years-old, each of whom had suffered an acute concussion, were monitored as they recovered. The study lasted for 13 months, and covered several groups of children in different locations. The results of the study, conducted by the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada Network, show a distinct correlation between concussions and overall quality of life.
Researchers found that children whose symptoms lasted more than 12 weeks had a lower quality of life, in health terms, than children who recovered more quickly. However, both groups suffered socially and in school, showing reduced participation in recreational and academic activities. According to a doctor from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute who was involved with the study, it has also been shown that children who suffer concussions often go on to lower than average achievement in school, which adversely affects employment status later in life.
This study seems to support the notion that traumatic brain injuries to children may have a greater impact on their lives than other types of injury. For a parent of an injured child, this would likely be an alarming prospect. For any man or woman whose child has suffered a brain injury, it may be an excellent idea to confer with a personal injury lawyer. He or she might be able to help in the pursuit of much-needed financial compensation.
Source: healio.com, “Children with persistent postconcussion symptoms reported lower quality of life“, Nov. 17, 2016