1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States each year according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). From those yearly TBIs, 3.1 million individuals live with lifelong disabilities as a result.
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Brain injury awareness
The BIAA leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an awareness campaign in March each year. It is important to continue spreading awareness each year because even mild brain injuries can have a devastating impact on a person’s life.
This year the BIAA has chosen “Not Alone” for their theme. The Not Alone campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about brain injuries and the needs of individuals who are injured. The hope of the campaign is to empower those who have survived, and promote available support for victims.
Brain injuries can be more common than we think
Brain injuries are always unique, and can have various effects on an individual. Potential TBI accidents include motorcycle crashes where the rider is not wearing a helmet, falls in the shower or on concrete, vehicular accidents, sports related injuries, explosive blasts, and even a simple hit to the head. After such damaging events, the symptoms of a TBI vary greatly. Some individuals will experience symptoms immediately; in others, it may be weeks before symptoms appear.
After a traumatic brain injury, a person may experience
- Loss of consciousness
- Confusion or disorientation
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
There are many other symptoms that could happen. It’s vital that you visit your doctor once you notice any symptoms of TBI as the condition can worsen without proper medical attention.
If you have been affected by a brain injury that was the fault of someone else, we can help you. In the unfortunate situation that your loved one died from a brain injury due to negligence on someone’s part, Christensen & Hymas can aid you in receiving the compensation that you deserve. Please call us today at (801) 506-0800.