TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (TBI)
Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children Generally
Walker Law has represented families whose children suffered from Traumatic Brain Injuries (hereinafter “TBI”) collecting millions of dollars for our clients. In 2013, Walker Law resolved a case for 3 million dollars after a family retained the firm whose child, unbeknownst the family, suffered a TBI after he fell from an unguarded retaining wall. After our firm got involved, we assisted the family in having the child fully evaluation. We brought a lawsuit against an owner of a nationwide apartment chain because despite the unlimited resources of the company they built a huge retaining wall without a guardrail to protect residents from injury. Because there was a walking path around the retaining wall, it was very important to protect me who walked around this twelve-foot wall.
TBIs are not always readily apparent in children because a TBI does not require that you lose consciousness. For example, a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). It can occur after an impact to your head or after a whiplash-type injury that causes your head and brain to shake quickly back and forth. Concussions are usually not life-threatening, but they can cause serious symptoms that require medical treatment. Every time an NFL player goes to the concussion protocol after a hard hit, it is due to a concussion. If you, and/or your child suffered a serious blow to the head in an automobile accident, or from a fall, that is significant enough to cause pain, a wound or memory loss, a TBI may have occurred.
While many people recover from TBIs over time, some do not, and they can lead to a lifetime of misunderstanding and problems. One reason TBIs can cause quiet and sometimes unnoticed disability is due to loss of Executive Function. Executive functioning issues are not considered a disability on their own. These issues are weaknesses in a key set of mental skills. Moreover, they often appear in kids with learning and attention issues.
What are executive functions? How do they impact learning and everyday living? Executive functions consist of several mental skills that help the brain organize and act on information. These skills enable people to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention and get started on tasks. They also help people use information and experiences from the past to solve current problems.
If your child has executive functioning issues, any task requiring these skills could be a challenge. That could include doing a load of laundry or completing a school project. Having issues with executive functioning make it difficult to:
Keep track of time
Make sure work is finished on time
Apply previously learned information to solve problems