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Litigating pediatric brain injuries takes a multidisciplinary team

Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 8:40 AM | By Alison Burrison

Litigating a traumatic brain injury presents diverse medico-legal challenges that require harmony between an individual’s health care team and their legal team. In cases involving children, these challenges become even more complex.

Traditional views concerning brain injuries suggest that a child’s developing brain recovers faster from injury than an adult’s brain. However, evidence suggests the opposite, concluding instead that a child’s brain could actually be more sensitive to the effects of a head injury, including a concussion.

The unique anatomy of a child’s head (larger head-to-body...