South Carolina Accident Attorneys at McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC Comment on Brain Injury Study

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The brain injury lawyers at McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC, say parents should always seek medical treatment if their children have sustained a blunt head trauma and they’re showing symptoms of a brain injury.

It’s important to get prompt medical attention if you suspect you or a loved one might a potential brain injury.

South Carolina personal injury attorney S. Randall Hood of McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC, today said any number of accidents may have dire consequences and result in the need for brain injury treatment, but a recent study may come as a relief to parents whose children suffer blunt head trauma.

According to a Reuters report published by Scientific American, children who sustain minor blunt head trauma and then complain of headache and show no other symptoms have little risk of a clinically important brain injury (Scientific American, Feb. 4, 2015, “Isolated Headache after Bump Poses Little Brain Injury Risk for Kids”).

The study was published in Pediatrics on Feb. 2, 2015 (Pediatrics, “Headache in Traumatic Brain Injuries From Blunt Head Trauma”). The doctor who led the study at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital noted that “a period of observation may be warranted before CT (computed tomography scans) decision-making,” according to Scientific American.

Hood, an experienced Rock Hill, SC attorney at McGowan, Hood and Felder LLC, said his firm has handled cases involving brain injury therapy and urges parents to have their children checked by a doctor if the child suffers some kind of blunt head trauma and has a headache.

“It’s important to get prompt medical attention if you suspect you or a loved one might a potential brain injury,” Hood said. “While the published study certainly is good news for parents, if your child is struck on the head in an accident, whether it’s a car accident or a playground injury, don’t try to diagnose the injury yourself. We know there are cases in which people feel OK minutes or even hours after sustaining blunt head trauma, but their condition deteriorates with time and may become grave.”

In the child brain injury study, researchers looked at children who were admitted for minor blunt head trauma. According to Scientific American, none of the nearly 2,500 children evaluated had a clinically important brain injury when their only symptom was a headache.

The risk of clinically important brain injury increases among children who complained of headaches and showed other symptoms, according to the report.

Chad McGowan, a partner at McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC, said traumatic brain injuries might occur in any number of accidents, including traffic accidents, work accidents and accidents at home.

“Children might sustain a head injury while playing either in the house or at school, but they also are at risk of getting injured in traffic accidents,” McGowan said. “Wherever the accident occurred, we can’t overstate the importance of getting medical treatment for a possible brain injury.”

Another partner at the firm, Columbia, SC attorney Johnny Felder, pointed to data from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIA) that reveals that children between 0-4 and 15-19 are the age groups at greatest risk for a traumatic brain injury. About 62,000 children each year sustain brain injuries that require hospitalization because of motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries, physical abuse and other causes, according to the BIA.

“These accidents can happen through no fault of the child,” Felder said. “If your child or anyone in your family suffers a brain injury, it’s important to seek the advice of legal counsel. The emotional and financial toll of a brain injury can be overwhelming. Our attorneys in South Carolina have extensive experience protecting the rights of brain injury victims and people who have suffered other serious injuries. We fight to get them the compensation they deserve and hold the negligent individual or business accountable.”

About McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC
McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC has a well-earned reputation for being an experienced South Carolina personal injury law firm that delivers results. With offices in Anderson, Columbia, Rock Hill, Sumter and Georgetown, the law firm handles a range of cases throughout South Carolina, including truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, construction accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, dangerous medical devices and more. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means clients only pay attorney fees if there is a successful verdict or settlement.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, call (888) 572-3800 for a free consultation. You can also complete the online contact form.

McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC
1517 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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