The quick actions of a teacher may have saved the life of a Dallas-area fourth grader who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a playground accident.

The teacher, who teaches fourth grade atMerrimanParkElementary SchoolinDallas, was on the playground when she saw two of her students slam into each other. One of the students got up and the other, a 10 year old boy, lay on the ground unconscious. The teacher tried to get him to respond, but he wouldn’t. She quickly called both 911 and the child’s father. The paramedics kept the teacher on the line until they arrived, and he was quickly taken to Children’sMedicalCenter.

The student suffered a skull fracture that lacerated an artery. He was hit on the side of the head by the other student’s knee, which caused his brain and the area surrounding the brain to fill with blood. Fortunately, the student is expected to make a full recovery and has been released from the hospital.

However, if it had not been for the quick actions of the teacher, the outcome might not have been so happy. Traumatic brain injuries in children are common each year. About 564,000 children a year are treated nationwide for traumatic brain injuries. Many of them don’t recover or are left with lifelong health problems. If your child ever suffers a head injury, it’s important to watch for unconsciousness or any unusual behavior, which could be a sign of a serious injury.

Many traumatic brain injuries occur as a result of an accident caused by another party. If that happened to you or a loved one, you may be able to recover monetary damages from the other party for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more. If you are in theDallasarea, call the traumatic brain injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 to learn more.