You were so relieved that your accident on Chouteau Trafficway was only a fender-bender. You were hit pretty hard from behind, but everyone in the car was okay—talking, moving, even laughing with the police who came to the accident scene. But a few days later, one of your children is having trouble concentrating in school. He’s crying and losing his temper—he’s never done that before. Is it just the emotional impact of the accident, or could it be something more serious?
Brain Injuries From a Car Accident Can Have a Different Effect on Children
Children may experience similar symptoms as adults after a car accident, but the impact of the trauma is often much more severe. As children’s brains are still developing, they are actually more at risk of irreversible damage. The effects of the crash may not show until months or even years after the accident has taken place.
It may be some time before your child develops one or more of the following symptoms:
- Speech problems
- Mood swings
- Problems with short-term memory
- Impaired vision
- Trouble concentrating or solving problems
- Difficulty hearing or understanding spoken language
- Chronic headaches
- Limited attention span
- Anxiety or depression
- Loss of coordination or balance
- Muscles spasticity
- Difficulty understanding images or recognizing faces
- Limited communication skills
- Self-esteem problems
- Paralysis in the face or limbs
- Sexual dysfunction
- Inability to sit still
- Personality changes
- Change in sleeping patterns (insomnia or constant fatigue)
- Emotional outbursts
- Making sudden rash decisions or using poor judgment
In many cases, children who suffer brain injuries begin to show symptoms as their social interactions expand. As they get older, children will have to interact with a more diverse group of people and adapt to socially appropriate behavior. For a child living with a brain injury, this can be extremely difficult—especially if he is still having trouble coping with his limitations.
To find out how you can help your child recover, click the link on this page to read our FREE e-book, Brain Injury Survivor's Guide, or click the live chat link below to find out if you could file a case against the other driver.