Few things are more tragic that an innocent victim who has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even mild or moderate brain injuries can be life-altering, not only for the victim but for their loved ones as well.
Ken Allen Law Supports TBI Awareness
Personal injury attorneys who handle cases dealing with severe injury and death come into contact with TBI victim after victim over the years, and sometimes tend to forget that most folk aren’t that aware of the complexities and cruelty of even the most minor of brain injuries.
Which makes March very important — because March is National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, and March 17, 2010 is Brain Injury Awareness Day.
Here are a Few Facts About Brain Injury:
1. Approximately 1.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury every year in our country.
2. Around 50,000 die from the injury to their brain every year; however, most (over 1,000,000) people are just seen in an ER and then sent home.
We don’t know how many folk suffer a mild brain injury and don’t go to the emergency room. It’s scary to think about — because lack of immediate medical care can be permanently damaging.
3. In the United States, most people suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) in some kind of fall (around a third of all TBIs that are reported are from falls).
4. Car crashes or other kinds of motor vehicle accidents are another leading cause of TBIs in our country.
5. Children are at the highest risk for a traumatic brain injury.
6. Most TBI victims do NOT have their long-term needs met. These include help with memory loss; problem solving; managing their emotions; coping with stress; and anger management.
7. TBI can cause epilepsy.
Please Learn About Brain Injuries – Especially If You’re a Parent
Brain injuries can seem inconsequential when they occur — but even a minor concussion is a brain injury, and can have a long term impact.
If your child falls on the playground, or gets slammed during a sporting event, don’t take any chances. Have them checked out by a health care professional as soon as possible.
And, please remember to respect protective head gear. Helmets, for example. Kids may not want to wear their helmet, but as personal injury lawyers, we know all too well the aftermath of a child who’s failed to do so.
Traumatic Brain Awareness Month is March. Please take a few moments and learn about TBI.