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Childhood Head Injury can Heighten Risk of Future Side Effects

Jason Reese


Scientists from Indiana University, Oxford University, and other international research institutions wrapped up a cohort study in late 2016 to review head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), in childhood and early adulthood. A TBI disrupts the normal function of the brain when a person receives a bump, blow, jolt or penetration to the head.

The study followed more than a million people for up to 41 years. Although the study was selective to Swedish residents, research leaders say the results have been helpful in identifying and preparing for the long-term effects of TBI. The group attempted to link factors relating to poor education, inability to work, and early death with the injury. Researchers concluded that those who’d had a head injury were more likely to:

  • receive a disability pension
  • be treated for psychiatric illness
  • not have secondary school qualifications
  • have died before the age of 41

The study also suggests that children, those with more severe head injuries, and those who had more than one head injury were more likely to be affected in the future. Conclusions advise that those individuals “should be monitored for signs of problems later in life so that they can be helped to avoid some of the potential consequences.”


Each year, TBIs contribute to an alarming number of deaths and cases of permanent disability in Indiana. Latest statistics (2014) show that 1,108 residents died of TBI injuries, a slight increase than previously reported numbers.

Adolescents (and young adults) had the highest rates of motor vehicle-related TBIs, while the youngest children were at highest risk for sustaining fall or accident related TBIs. The Indiana State Department of Health’s Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention has identified these suggested activities to prevent TBI for the children in your life.

    1. Buckling your child in the car using a size and age-appropriate child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt.
    2. Making sure your children wear helmets while bicycling and playing contact sports
    3. Making living areas safer through home modifications, such as:
      • Removing tripping hazards like throw rugs and clutter in walkways
      • Using nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
      • Installing handrails on stairways
    4. Making living areas safer for children by installing window guards to keep them from falling out of open windows and using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around
    5. Making sure the surface on your child’s playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood, mulch or sand

The results of this peer reviewed study show that many head and brain injuries can have serious long-term effects on children as they grow and can be life altering. Proving the effects of these injuries in court can often be difficult, but our team utilizes a specialized neuropsychological testing facility and gathers the evidence we need to secure the largest amount of compensation possible.

Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can handle your traumatic brain injury claim with years of experience and proven results. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today (888) 204-8440 for your FREE consultation!


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