Many people in Denver do not realize how fragile their children are until they become injured in car accidents. Although anyone in a crash is at risk for injury, children are more susceptible to broken bones, scrapes, bruises and brain trauma.
The effects of childhood brain injuries are similar to those that adults experience. However, because children’s brains are still developing, the effects can be more severe, long-lasting and devastating. Take time to learn about the different types of brain injuries your child may have received in a car accident.
Contusions are bruised areas of the brain that develop when there is localized bleeding. They can occur from blunt force trauma and impact from objects. Most of these injuries heal on their own, but large and severe contusions may require surgery for removal. Complications such as severe brain damage and death can occur when contusions develop blood clots.
Concussions are very common in car accidents. Victims with concussions may lose consciousness, feel dizzy, confused or feel “off” immediately after the event. Some young car accident victims may appear to be fine and not show signs of a concussions until several hours or days after their ordeals.
Traumatic brain injuries
There are two types of traumatic brain injuries: penetration and closed. Closed brain trauma in car accidents occurs more often than open or penetration brain injuries. Closed traumatic brain injuries usually occur when the victim’s head strikes an object with great impact. Children are more likely than adults to experience closed head wounds when their heads strike something.
Brain injuries, especially the more severe and traumatic types, can occur in all types of car accident situations. Excessive speeds do not always need to be a factor. Your child could still receive brain injuries in slow-moving car accidents. If your child is involved in a car accident, get medical attention right away. Also remember that brain injuries are not always obvious. You should watch a child carefully for several weeks after the incident for signs of brain damage and injuries.