For school-age children in Ohio, and throughout most of the U.S., this winter has produced many happy mornings of cancelled school and snow day announcements. Snow days for children often mean snowball fights, hot chocolate and sledding. Although sledding is a common winter pastime, however, it is certainly not without its dangers and risk of injury.
A sledding accident recently occurred during a weekday morning when a young girl suffered a head injury. The accident occurred in Milford, Ohio, on a snow-covered area outside. The young girl was reportedly transferred to a hospital. Emergency officials stated that she was in stable condition soon after the incident.
Neighbors commenting on the incident said that children frequently play in the snow in that same area. Onlookers said that this was the first injury they knew of this winter season. The eight-year-old's name and condition at the hospital were not immediately released.
Head or brain injuries from any type of accident have the potential to be quite serious and can lead to long-term difficulties and disabilities. Another danger of these injuries is their potentially insidious nature. Symptoms of brain injuries are not always overt and may not appear until much later. Family members or even the victim may not even realize that something is wrong. They might mistake a head injury for simple mood swings or a behavioral issue.
If another person or property owner is responsible for the accident and injury, it is critical to take into account the complicated recovery involved with a head or brain injury. Such a recovery may require additional compensation, depending on the extent of the damage. A truly successful resolution of this type of personal injury claim may require collaboration with a medical professional who can assess the scope of the damages and the need for any long-term treatment or rehabilitative services.
Source: WCPO 9 Cincinnati, "Sledding accident sends girl, 8, to hospital with head trauma," Feb. 5, 2014