March is Traumatic Brain Injury Month
Miami Brain Injury Attorney – Traumatic brain injuries are a serious potential consequence of accidents. For more than 30 years, the Brain Injury Association of American has staged Brain Injury Awareness Month every March to help educate the public about brain injuries, with the intent to:
- Destigmatize brain injuries
- Empower survivors of brain injuries and those who care for them
- Promote the array of support available for people who have brain injuries
The nationwide campaigfn is intended to draw attention to the struggles that often face the more than 2.5 million people who go to U.S. emergency rooms every year with traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, and the nearly 300,000 people hospitalized every year with TBIs. These injuries can range from relatively mild to extremely severe, but Brain Injury Awareness Month is intended to put it into the public mind that all brain injuries have potentially serious consequences.
TBIs are a Major Health Concern
More than 150 people die every day because of TBIs, and thousands more are injured. Many of those injuries have lifelong consequences. Even a so-called “mild” TBI can have significant lasting effects. TBIs are classified as either mild or severe, with a mild TBI involving less brain damage, generally a concussion or head blow that results in either brief or no loss of consciousness when the injury occurs. Even a mild TBI can have long-term effects, especially when the victims don’t receive proper treatment because doctors release a TBI patient quickly because they seem to be “okay” or the victims don’t even bother to seek treatment because they think their injury is not a big deal.
Severe TBIs, where the victim loses consciousness for at least a half-hour and suffers memory loss after the injury, can have impacts that range from interference with higher-order brain functions to a coma. Other effects can include paralysis, impaired speech, memory loss, an inability to focus on even simple issues, and emotional problems. Therapy can address these issues in many cases, but that can take years and large amounts of money, and there are no guarantees the impairments will improve.
These kinds of brain injuries are a significant health care issue in the United States. Falls are the leading cause of TBIs, with traffic accidents ranking as the third-leading cause of brain injuries. TBIs can vary in severity, but brain injuries incurred in traffic accidents are more likely to be more severe because of the significantly more violent forces involved in traffic accidents. These kinds of TBIs can result in long-term or life-long care, with all the expenses and loss of quality of life that entails.
If You Have Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, Contact a Miami Personal Injury Attorney
Traumatic brain injuries are an all-too-common result of preventable accidents and can result in the need for protracted, even life-long, care. Any TBI, mild or otherwise, can have an impact that is lasting and serious. If you have suffered a TBI, you need to speak with a Miami personal injury attorney to find out what your options are for recovering damages. Contact Flagler Personal Injury Group at (305) 424-8445 or through our online contact form. Flagler Personal Injury Group serves the greater Miami area.
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