Study finds children with concussions more likely to suffer depression

A new study reported in Medscape Medical News notes that children who suffer from brain injuries are also at an increased risk for developing depression. The study found just over three percent of uninjured children versus 15 percent of children who suffered from a brain injury was at risk for developing depression.

Brain injuries are not uncommon for children. In fact, medical professionals with Boston Children's Hospital state that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the leading cause of both death and disability for children in the United States. This translates to approximately 564,000 kids treated with brain injuries in emergency rooms across the nation every year, over 60,000 children hospitalized and, for children under the age of 14, an estimated 2,685 fatalities.

Common causes of brain injuries in children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concurs with these findings, reporting children are at a high risk for concussions and similar injuries. Research released from the agency found almost 20 percent of TBIs in the U.S. involve children under the age of four. Common causes of TBIs include:

  • Falls. Half of TBIs experienced by children under the age of 14 were the result of a fall.
  • Car crashes. Automobile accidents led to almost 20 percent of TBIs in all age groups.
  • Struck by or struck against accidents. The CDC found that 25 percent of TBIs suffered by children under the age of 14 were caused by this type of accident. Examples can include running into a stationary object or getting hit with a baseball.
  • Assault. Assaults were responsible for approximately three percent of TBIs in children under the age of 14.

Although brain injuries can be devastating regardless of the victim's age, the damage done to a child's brain can be even more traumatic. While an adult's brain is generally fully developed, a child's brain is continually changing. An injury while the brain is still developing could lead to cognitive impairments that may not be apparent immediately following the TBI. It can take months, or even years, for the extent of damage connected to the injury to be known.

Compensation available to help cover the cost of treatment, rehabilitation

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to another's negligent or reckless conduct, compensation may be available to help cover the costs associated with treatment and rehabilitation. Contact an experienced head injury lawyer to discuss your accident and protect any potential legal remedies.