Study analyzes causes of brain injuries in children

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that typical causes of brain injuries in children are different for particular age groups.

Traumatic brain injury has long been a significant cause of disability and death in children age one year and older, but the new study, which analyzed head trauma in more then 40,000 child patients, found that the causes varied by age.

For younger children, the most common cause of brain injuries was found to be falls, while for teenagers, auto accidents, assaults and sports injuries were the most frequent causes.

The study analyzed emergency room visits in 25 hospitals from 2004-2006.

Falls were the cause of 77 percent of the injuries in children younger than age two, but only 38 percent of the injuries in children from age two to age 12.

For children age 13 to 17, assaults were the cause of 24 percent of head injuries. Sports incidents accounted for 19 percent of the injuries, and auto accidents accounted for 18 percent.

When a child or adult suffers a traumatic brain injury, the results can seriously impact the person’s health. If the injury was caused by another person’s carelessness, then the victim may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.