A mild brain injury can have a long-term effect on children that lasts into adulthood. A study performed in Sweden showed that those who suffered at least one brain injury before the age of 25 were more likely to die early and to have problems functioning as adults.
The impact of a brain injury can be correlated with the age of the person and the severity of the injury. Those who were older at the time of injury and hurt severely were more likely to have lasting complications, whereas younger children seemed to have a better outcome overall. Even repeated minor injuries could be linked to increased problems as an adult.
The kinds of risks that could be linked to traumatic brain injuries includes premature mortality and even an increase in the risk of psychiatric hospitalization. In the United States, around 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year, so the implications for this group can’t be understated.
Overall, those who suffered from TBIs under the age of 25 could suffer long-term consequences. Premature death, low educational attainment, the need for psychiatric treatment and other situations later in life can be directly linked to the injury or to multiple injuries as a child.
The risk of ongoing and developing issues between the time of an injury and adulthood is one good reason why it’s important to have a professional evaluate all head injury cases before you head to court. Never take a settlement without understanding the full implications of an injury; you could need more compensation than you think for ongoing medical care.
Source: WebMD, “Kids’ Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effect,” Maureen Salamon, accessed Oct. 12, 2016