Child Head and Brain Injury Attorneys
Serving Kansas City, Independence, Blue Springs & Lee’s Summit
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that head and brain injuries are the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. When a child suffers these types of injuries because of the carelessness of another person or company, it results in a wide range of challenging medical, legal and insurance issues.
In contrast to adults who suffer concussions and more severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), it may take several years to detect the nature and extent of the same injury in a child. When the injury is discovered, it may be several years after the accident occurred. Ultimately, any settlement or verdict obtained will need to address the child’s long-term needs.
The Horn Law Firm, P.C., can offer the skills, experience and resources to face these challenges. We have represented numerous child injury victims in a wide variety of cases. We truly appreciate that child head and brain injury cases cannot be approached in the same manner as adult injury cases. They are different in many ways. Above all, we are compassionate. We understand parents’ concern about their child’s future.
We provide free and confidential consultations. We use these case reviews to examine the facts of your case, including how the injury occurred and who may be at fault. We also explore all insurance policies that may come into play in securing payment for medical expenses and other damages that should be covered. To learn more, call us today or simply submit our online form.
Detecting and Diagnosing Child Head and Brain Injuries
The Brain Injury Association of American (BIAA) notes that a child with a head and brain injury may face more serious difficulties than an adult with a similar injury would face. One problem with these cases is that the injury may not be readily detected.
In some cases, the injury may have been suffered by an infant or toddler who can’t communicate that they are suffering from headaches, amnesia or other symptoms.
In other cases, several years may pass before a parent observes signs of brain damage, such as the child’s:
- Short-term memory deficits
- Impaired concentration or restlessness
- Slow thinking or reasoning
- Difficulty with communication
- Anxiety and depression.
As the child grows older, it may become apparent that the child’s brain damage will present a life of medical, educational and social challenges.
By working closely with medical, educational, vocational and life-care planning experts, The Horn Law Firm, P.C., can help you to determine extent of your child’s head or brain injury and the care and treatment that the child will need in the years ahead.
For instance, your child may need surgery, medication, therapy, special accommodations in school and training that will allow him or her to eventually hold a job and handle daily tasks.
By gathering this information, we can then pursue a settlement that will serve your child’s best interests. For example, we may structure a settlement that will provide tax-free payments to your child over the course of a lifetime.
Determining the Cause of a Child’s Head and Brain Injury
In order to obtain compensation that will take care of your child’s needs, it’s essential to determine who caused the injury. As we have seen in our experience, there can be many different ways in which these cases can arise.
These instances include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motor scooter and ATV accidents
- Falls (such as those at playgrounds)
- Sports and other athletic activities
In many cases, the injury may be traced to the negligence of a teacher, coach, daycare supervisor or other adult who should have ensured that your child’s activities and the equipment he or she used was safe.
For instance, a coach may have allowed or even forced your child to play at a practice or game after the child suffered an obvious concussion. Another example would be a daycare center failing to supervise playtime or maintain playground equipment. In some instances, a person providing child care may violently shake an infant or toddler.
In addition to holding the person who caused your child’s head and brain injury legally responsible, The Horn Law Firm, P.C., may also seek compensation from the employer of that person.
If a product defect caused the injury, such as a faulty helmet or dangerous ATV feature, the manufacturer may be liable. The company may have put out an unsafe product or failed to provide a proper warning.
The Horn Law Firm, P.C., will explore all possible causes for the child’s injury. Our goal is to conduct a thorough investigation. We want to make sure that anyone responsible is brought to justice.
We Provide Legal Help to Child Head and Brain Injury Victims
The Horn Law Firm, P.C., understands how traumatic it can be for a child and parents to cope with a severe head and brain injury. We are passionate about seeking legal relief for these clients. We know how important it is to get answers and obtain compensation to pay for a child’s critical needs. If we take on your case, we will work diligently and aggressively to seek maximum compensation for your child.
Keep in mind that a personal injury claim for a child head and brain injury could be brought as late as five years after the child’s 18th birthday. However, it’s better to get started right away on investigating a case and pursuing compensation. You don’t want to risk losing important evidence or miss getting in touch with witnesses while memories of an accident are still fresh.
If your child has suffered a head or brain injury due to another’s negligence, contact The Horn Law Firm, P.C., as soon as possible. Schedule a free consultation today by calling our toll-free number or using our convenient online form.