March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has launched its 2013 Brain Awareness campaign. The BIAA is the oldest and largest brain injury advocacy organization and advances brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education about brain injury in hopes of improving the quality of life for people who have suffered a brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect 7 million people every year and an injury can change a person’s ability to do many things. In an instant, a brain injury can change a person’s life and change the life of their family. An accident leading to a brain injury can happen at any time and in any place.

A brain injury occurs when there is a blow to the head, a jolt to the head or if an object penetrates the skull. While not every blow to the head or jolt causes a TBI, medical care should be sought if any the symptoms listed below appear. If the person is on blood thinner medication, then one should err on the side of caution and seek medical care regardless of whether symptoms present immediately.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 years of age. Whether the brain injury is caused by a car accident, a sports-related concussion, or a fall, a brain injury can change the trajectory of a person’s life.

While a brain injury is not something one can see, it can cause a whole slew of deficits including:

  • short term memory loss
  • visual sensitivity
  • balance problems
  • paralysis
  • sensory changes
  • cognitive and problem-solving deficits
  • visual problems
  • sensory problems including the sense of smell and taste

After a brain injury, the injured person sometimes becomes like a different person. While the family grieves for the loss of the person that they knew, they also try to support the brain injured person. Often, even a person with a mild brain injury can suffer headaches, depression and sleep walking. Sometimes victims withdraw from society as they are unable to cope with sensory overload.

Causes of TBI

The leading causes of traumatic brain injury are falls (35%), car accidents (17%), work-place accidents (16%) and physical assaults (10%)

It is important that a person who experiences a brain injury receive medical care as soon as possible. Trauma care immediately following the accident followed up by specialized rehabilitation can go a long way in minimizing the effects of a brain injury.

Signs of a Brain Injury

A person should seek immediate medical attention after an accident if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Numbness in a limb
  • Drowsiness
  • Severe headache
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Loss of vision
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting or nausea

Bellevue Injury Law Attorney Represents Brain Injury Victims

If you or a member of your family has suffered a TBI due to a car accident, an on-the-job accident, or a fall at a nursing home or on someone else’s property due to hazardous conditions, you may be seeking answers to your legal questions. The Farber Law Group, with law offices in Bellevue, Washington, has more than 30 years experience representing injured persons and their families.

We provide a free and confidential case evaluation. Call us toll free today at 1-800-244-9087 or use our Contact Form.

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