A recent study conducted in the USA has produced a report headed “The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children: Opportunities for Action”.
The study highlights a lack of knowledge and infrastructure to provide consistent and necessary support to children with acquired brain injuries which is often referred to as a hidden disability.
Although the study focused on experience in the USA the findings are indeed very similar in the UK.
According to Katy James the Head of Brain Injury Community Service at The Children’s Trust, “our experience of supporting children in the community is that all too often the full impact of a child’s brain injury is not recognised and in many cases the injury is forgotten about as the child gets older”.
There is a lack of joined up support being provided by educational providers, social services and healthcare providers.
This lack of joined up support means that children are losing out both during their childhood and adolescence but also in to adulthood. This cannot be acceptable in the 21st Century given the misery this lack of coherent and comprehensive service can cause to children and their families.
In terms of acquired brain injuries where fault for causing the injury lies with a third party then it is essential that appropriate and timely legal advice is sought both in terms of a potential compensation claim and also in terms of accessing the right treatment and services to assist the family as well as the child. Specialist advice should always be sought from an experienced solicitor who is familiar with how such claims should be run.