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Teen Girls Who Suffer Brain Injuries Face Behavioral Risks

Approximately one in five adolescents has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during his or her lifetime, but girls often struggle more with the lasting effects.

New medical research reveals that girls with TBIs are more likely to suffer behavior and social problems, such as:

  • Contemplating suicide
  • Victimized by bullying
  • Suffering psychological distress
  • Earning poor grades
  • Binge drinking
  • Smoking tobacco daily
  • Using marijuana

The TBI study reveals how far-reaching and impactful a brain injury can be on a young female. It is important for parents of children who have suffered a TBI to understand the extent in which their child may be affected.

When the brain injury resulted from another person’s negligence – such as in a car accident or when an athletics coach ignores concussion protocol – it is crucial that the lawsuit damages award or settlement includes compensation for the total harm the young victim suffers.

Proving damages in a brain injury case can extremely difficult, especially when the aforementioned behavioral issues affect many teens without brain injuries. This is why it is incredibly important to partner with an experienced personal injury attorney who can use all available evidence to build a convincing argument as to why your child deserves compensation for each relevant harm he or she is suffering through.

Source: Time, “How A Girl’s Brain Changes After a Traumatic Brain Injury,” Alexandra Sifferlin, Sept. 30, 2014

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