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TBIs can affect children’s cognitive abilities for years

A recent study into the long-lasting effects of traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, in children says that serious TBIs can reduce a child’s cognitive abilities for at least 10 years. This research was conducted in Melbourne, Australia and published in Pediatrics.

Participants in the study had suffered traumatic brain injuries between the ages of two- and seven-years-old. The children were first observed five years after their injury, and then researchers followed-up with testing 10 years after their TBI.

According to the study, the children who suffered severe–as opposed to mild or moderate–TBIs were the most likely to show minimized cognitive ability. The mean IQ score of children who suffered severe TBIs was 18-26 points lower than that of children who suffered less serious TBIs.

Children above the age of seven-years-old and adults were reported to experience fewer long-lasting effects from TBIs. Statistics show that about one in every 30 children will experience a TBI before the age of 16.

If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, contact the Denver traumatic brain injury attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by calling 866-385-3505 today.

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