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Family environment may affect brain injury recovery

West Virginia parents of children who have suffered a serious brain injury may be interested to learn that a study that looked at the long-term effects has been published. The study discusses the importance of the family environment and the effect of family interventions during the recovery period.

Traumatic brain injuries can range in severity. They can have an effect on the brain's ability to function as normal. TBIs can be mild, resulting in a concussion, or they can be more severe, potentially resulting in memory loss or even unconsciousness. Children who participate in sports may be particularly at risk for experiencing a TBI. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2009 about 250,000 children and young adults received treatment for TBIs that were caused by sports.

The study followed children and adolescents for an average of seven years following the accident that resulted in a TBI. Although it was already known that children with mild or moderate brain injuries were more likely to exhibit attention problems than those that did not, the research showed that they were likely to have fewer symptoms if they had optimal family environments.

These types of brain injuries can be the result of incidents other than contact sports, such as a sudden fall or a blow to the head during a car accident. When the injury has been due to the negligence of another party, such as a property owner that fails to correct a dangerous condition resulting in a slip and fall, the parents of the injured child may want to have the assistance of a lawyer in seeking compensation for the resulting medical expenses and other losses attributable to the incident.

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