It is the call every parent fears. The school nurse, principal, coach or teacher is one the phone telling you that your child has sustained a head injury. The full extent of your child’s injuries may not be known yet, but you know that your child needs to see a doctor quickly. You drop everything and take your child to the doctor who diagnoses a concussion. Now what? What should you tell the school so that you and your child’s educators can work together for the benefit of your son or daughter?
Communication With the School Is Important to Your Child’s Recovery
After you get your child immediate medical attention, it is important to communicate with the school about your child’s recovery. Specifically, it is important to:
- Keep your child out of play. Your child may not be able to participate in recess, physical education class, or sports until he or she has a doctor’s clearance.
- Talk to the school about your child’s attendance. Your child’s ability to attend class may be limited. You may need to work with the school regarding how your child will make up work that is missed during his or her recovery period.
- Educate the school about the dangers of a concussion. Concussions can be serious childhood injuries. You may need to provide consent for your doctor to talk to the school or provide information about child concussion injuries from a source such as the CDC.
Of course, it is also important to talk to the school about exactly what happened, to note any adults or children who may have witnessed the injury, and to talk to an experienced Washington D.C. brain injury attorney about your child’s rights and possible legal recovery.
Contact a Washington D.C. Brain Injury Lawyer if Your Child Was Hurt in Accident
Sometimes brain injuries are the result of accidents. Some of those accidents may have been avoidable if your child’s teacher, coach, or other adult in charge had acted with reasonable care. If you believe that your child’s injury was the result of negligence, then it is important to contact an experienced brain injury attorney in D.C. for a free consultation. We can be reached at 703.591.0067.