Steps to Take After Your Child Has Been Diagnosed with a Brain Injury
As parents, we work hard to provide for our children and to meet their needs, while keeping an eye toward their well-being and security. For parents of children who have been diagnosed with a brain injury, this can be particularly challenging.
While getting the brain injury support you and your child need is crucial, many parents are unsure of where to turn for help. At Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, our Rhode Island personal injury lawyers understand the special needs that a child with a brain injury has, as well as the impacts the injuries can have on families.
Our involvement with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island reflects our firm commitment to help in every way possible families who have children with traumatic brain injuries. We are available to guide you through this difficult time.
Causes of Brain Injuries in Infants and Small Children
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children in the United States, affecting roughly 62,000 children each year.
A brain injury to a child affects a still developing brain and the full impact of cognitive impairments may take months or years to be fully understood. Damage from a traumatic brain injury evolves over the hours and days after the initial impact so an early diagnosis is critical. These injuries may be in the form of post traumatic concussions or closed head trauma. Among the most common causes of brain injuries are:
In addition, a brain injury in an infant or small child may be caused by a failure to monitor adequately the developing fetus during pregnancy and delivery. A lack of oxygen to the brain or traumatic injuries caused by the use of forceps or other instruments during a difficult birth may leave a child permanently impaired.
Steps to Take Once Your Child Has Been Diagnosed
If you have a child with a brain injury, it is important to understand that you do not have to face this challenge by yourself. Help is available. Consider taking the following pro-active steps:
Consult with your child’s medical provider to determine the level of disability your child will face;
Survey your home with an eye toward the types of improvements that may need to be made in order to accommodate your child and their disabilities;
Consult with a knowledgeable brain injury attorney free of charge to determine if you may be entitled to seek compensation to cover your child’s medical expenses.
The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island (BIARI) can assist by offering brain injury support groups, family counseling, and access to accountants for assistance with financial planning in regards to your child’s disability and their future needs.
As part of our partnership with the BIARI, we work within the community on fundraisers and efforts to increase awareness, as well as providing legal help for families so that negligent doctors and medical providers and their insurance companies are held financially accountable.
Frequently Asked Questions
What long-term impacts is a brain injury likely to have on my child?
A brain injury can result in long term memory loss and impairment of cognitive functions resulting in learning disabilities, as well as physical impairments, such as paralysis and heart or respiratory issues, according to the BIARI.
What types of improvements do I need for my home and how much will they cost?
Depending on the level of your child’s disability, you may need to enlarge entrances and hallways, install door ramps and chairlifts, or change the overall layout of your home. According to the website Money Geek, even general improvements can end up costing as much $7,000 or more.
How can I get help in dealing with the financial repercussions of my child’s injury?
Our personal injury attorneys can assess whether your child’s brain injury was a result of negligence help you to hold the at-fault medical providers accountable through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Families who have been harmed by medical negligence are entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Let Us Assist You Today
If you have a child with a brain injury, contact Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP today. As one of Rhode Island’s most trusted personal injury firms, we provide exceptional legal representation and the compassionate client service you deserve. We serve Providence, Warwick, Wakefield and the surrounding areas of Rhode Island. Call or contact us online today for a free consultation.