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Pediatric Brain Injuries and Attention Problems

October 25, 2015

A recent study authored by Marsh Konigs of VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands and other leading researchers has revealed a troubling link between brain injuries in children and later attention problems. The study found that children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffer from more lapses in attention and longer reaction times than children who suffer injuries to other parts of the body. Previous studies have linked TBIs in adults with attention problems, but this is the first study to link TBIs in children to not just attention lapses, but to also demonstrate how they correlate with intelligence and attention problems.

The research team studied 113 children between the ages of six and thirteen who had suffered a traumatic brain injury, along with 53 children who suffered non-head injuries. About a year and a half after the injuries, parents and teachers were asked to rate children on attention problems, anxiety, and internalizing  as well as externalizing problems. Those children with TBIs rated higher in attention problems, anxiety and aggression. They also demonstrated a lower reaction time.

Ninety one of the children studied had suffered moderate to severe TBI, meaning that they lost consciousness for at least a half hour. These children scored the lowest on IQ tests and had more lapses in attention than children with mild TBI. Researchers believe that because these problems persisted a year and a half after the injury, it is unlikely they will resolve with time.

Child Brain Injuries Often Linked to Car Accidents and Sports Injuries

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in children. Young children are especially susceptible to suffering serious TBI in car accidents due to their developing brain, which can become severely injured in the event of a crash. Parents involved in an accident that could have impacted their child's brain should ensure they receive immediate medical attention.

Sports injuries are another common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Football, soccer, baseball, cheerleading, cycling and others can all result in brain injuries of varying degrees. Children riding bikes, skateboarding, and engaging in like activities should always wear a helmet as this can reduce the risk of a TBI. Youth sports coaches must be well versed in the prevention and treatment of brain injuries.

If your child has sustained a TBI, consult with an attorney early on. Your attorney will assist you in assessing whether your child has the right to recover for his or her medical expenses, pain and suffering, and potential long term effects, such as attention and anxiety issues.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Assisting Georgia's Injured Children for Over 37 Years

If your son or daughter has sustained a brain or other serious injury in a car accident, sports accident or any other accident involving potential negligence, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting injured children and adults across Georgia and in the Southeast and brings over 37 years of experience to your case, providing you with the zealous representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your child's injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of an attorney as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.



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