All too often, The Mark Casto Law Firm, PC receives a call from a parent, describing the terrible circumstances of a child who has suffered from a Traumatic
Brain Injury. A Traumatic Brain Injury is an injury causing damage to the brain from an external mechanical force, possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions, with an associated diminished or altered state of consciousness. When this occurs due to the negligence of another person, usually, from a car wreck or motor vehicle accident of some kind, the legal matter can become quite complicated. The legal issues for the injured person and their families can be overwhelming; the medical bills can become extremely high, health insurance companies can demand reimbursement from the injured person or their family, automobile insurance companies become adversarial, collection companies start calling and this compounds the devastating results of the injury itself. If this traumatic situation occurs to your family, please call us here at The Mark Casto Law Firm, PC so that we can take your legal burdens from you and so that you and your family can focus on the long recovery of a Traumatic Brain Injury.
Our true hope is that you don't have to call us and tell us about your child's Traumatic Brain Injury, so we've put together some ideas and tips on reducing the risk of a brain injury
Tips to reduce the risk of brain injury:
- Seat belts and airbags. Always wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle. A small child should always sit in the back seat of a car and be secured in child safety seats or booster seats that are appropriate for his or her size and weight. If you are having trouble with installing a car safety seat, please contact our office and we will make arrangement for safety personnel to assist you in the proper installation of the child safety or booster seat.
- Alcohol and drug use. Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications that can impair the ability to drive. Don't overestimate your ability to drive under these conditions. If you have consumed anything that may impair you're driving, call a cab or call Uber for a ride. Also, don't let a friend drink and drive either.
- Helmets. Children (and adults) should always wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, skateboard, playing contact sports like football, motorcycle, 4-wheeler or all-terrain vehicle. Also wear appropriate head protection when playing baseball, football, and other contact sports or riding a horse.
Unfortunately, these symptoms can last a lifetime. Brain injuries in children can later affect their progress in school, making friends, memory, and even physical impairments like vision and hearing. All of these hardships are possible even if they look “normal” on the outside. If you or a family member has been affected by these hardships due to the negligence of another person, please give us a call. Your family matters here at The Mark Casto Law Firm, PC.