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Traumatic Brian Injuries Lower Children’s Quality of Life

Obviously when a local child suffers an Illinois brain injury there will be consequences. The brain is the most complex organ in the body, and it plays a role in so many different, basic human functions. Therefore, when a brain injury occurs the child will likely have certain problems with mobility, sight, hearing, thinking, communicating, and other issues. These lifelong problems will also often come with the need for close and costly medical care. The losses suffered by these victims and the cost of those losses are why brain injury lawsuits can result in significant verdicts for the families involved.

New research has recently been published which adds a new perspective to discussions about the losses suffered by brain injury victims. While perhaps only reflecting what was assumed by most anyway, a new study published yesterday in Pediatrics magazine reported that children who suffered moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries have a considerable reduction in their quality of life. The “quality of life” measurement was quantified based on the functioning level of the child victims. The research was conducted by medical professionals from the University of Washington. Those involved measured the progress of nearly 730 children who had suffered from a traumatic brain injury and nearly 200 children who had suffered an arm injury. They then measured the adaptive skills, participation in social and community activities, and similar measurements along with the actual function progress.

Overall the researchers found that those children who had suffered a brain injury had significantly lower scores on all quality of life measurements when compared with baseline numbers. Some improvement occurred during the first two or three years after they suffered injury, but that improvement leveled off and their quality of life remained lower than that of their counterparts. Doctors involved explained that the communication and self-care challenges were particularly harmful for victims, with many of these issues never being resolved, even years after the injury. The study’s authors wrote that “further efforts to understand the reasons for persistent symptoms and to develop effective treatments might be needed.”

Overall, this study arrived upon findings that our Illinois traumatic brain injury attorneys would have assumed already based on our decades working for families whose children suffered preventable brain injuries. While functioning problems and quality of life are not synonymous, there are obviously very strong connections. For one thing, the social ramifications of brain injuries are significant. Every interaction with other human beings requires a complex range of abilities, from being able to actually speak and understand the words being spoken to recognizing facial expressions and understanding abstract ideas being shared. All of those processes can be, and often are, impaired by a brain injury. Therefore, these victims often lose the ability to connect with their loved ones in the same way they would have without the injury. Relationships lie at the heart of quality of life data, and so injuries that affect human relationships (such as those impacting the brain) clearly lead to a decreased quality of life.

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