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New Jersey girl wasn’t treated immediately after head injury

According to representatives of the family of a New Jersey kindergarten student, her school failed to seek medical attention after the girl fell and hit her face and head. Apparently, steps are being taken in preparation for the filing of a lawsuit against the school district.

In an incident that took place a few days before Christmas, the family claims that the girl was pushed by another student while waiting to board a bus that was to take her to a different school. The 5-year-old child reportedly suffered serious injuries to her face, a concussion, cerebral hematoma and a closed head injury. The girl was reportedly then placed on the bus and taken to a different school some 20 blocks away. Emergency workers were called when the girl arrived at the destination school. The child spent two days in the hospital for treatment. The family says she is still under the care of a neurologist, suffers head pain, has trouble sleeping and displays other post-injury symptoms. The school district has said it will not comment until it sees the details of the full lawsuit.

Brain injuries can have some of the most serious consequences of any kind of bodily harm. Due to the vulnerability of brain tissue, the importance of the brain to normal human functioning and the still-emerging medical knowledge of how the brain works, all blows to the head must be taken seriously, regardless of how small the impact might have seemed at the time. Symptoms caused by brain trauma can result in loss of quality of life, high medical expenses and emotional damage to the victim and loved ones. When the injury is the consequence of someone else’s negligence or intentional act, it is important that victims and their families explore their legal options. The legal system may be able to help individuals receive some financial compensation that can help minimize the impact of an injury on a person’s future.

Source: nj.com, “North Bergen school didn’t get immediate medical attention for girl, 5, after head injury, family says,” Michaelangelo Conte, Jan. 2, 2014

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