How Can a Brain Injury Affect My Child?
Brain injuries can have a significant negative impact on any victim’s life, causing numerous emotional, cognitive, and physical challenges and limitations. If you or your child have suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another person or party, your first call should be to the experienced Atlanta brain injury attorneys at Boling Rice, LLC. Call us at (770) 744-0890 to discuss your case for free.
If your child suffers a TBI
Dealing with a traumatic brain injury (TBI)1 yourself is difficult, and you may require extensive rehabilitative therapy and assistance. However, it can be even harder to have a child suffer from a TBI in an accident. TBIs can cause a wide variety of symptoms, some that may not be immediately identifiable or easy for your child to recognize and express. For this reason, it may be difficult to know what types of special accommodations or medical treatments your child may need.
Special Accommodations in School
Your child may need particularly specific accommodations if he or she is school-aged. TBIs can affect many aspects of your thinking and processing capabilities, as well as your ability to communicate or stay focused. For these reasons, you can likely imagine how difficult sitting in a classroom, answering questions in front of a class, or taking timed examinations may be. Many brain injury victims must take some time off school entirely and may require private tutors in order to keep up with their grade level.
Fortunately, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),2 schools must provide reasonable accommodations for students with temporary or permanent disabilities, and this includes traumatic brain injuries.
Some examples of common accommodations your child may require include the following:
- Taking exams with no time constraints
- Not being required to speak or read in front of the class
- Given extra time for in-class assignments
- Having multiple choice tests instead of essay questions
- Being placed in a separate class with extra attention
Even with such accommodations and more, children with brain injuries often struggle. They may not be able to participate in regular activities and may require numerous trips to doctors and therapists, which may be exhausting and expensive. If your child suffered a brain injury, call an attorney for help today.