March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

more than half a billion of people are affected by brain injuries every year in the United States. It might surprise some people to know that over 30 million people are seen in trauma centers across the country for brain injuries each year. Of those people, about 50,000 may die from their injuries. Those that do survive this catastrophic injury may need special treatment and help throughout their lives.

Brain injuries can range in severity from a mild concussion to an injury from a violent crime that leaves a person disabled. Many studies are conducted each year to learn more about the brain and what causes these injuries. Understanding how the brain is injured and what long-term effects even a minor hit to the head can have is important in learning how to recognize and treat these injuries.

After a brain injury, people might find themselves with a very large medical bill, as well as more monthly expenses due to medical care or paying for assistance with daily tasks. Sometimes a person isn't able to return to work after a brain injury making it even more difficult to pay for expenses because of a loss of income.

Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney after an accident that causes a brain injury might be a wise decision. They can help a person understand their rights and seek compensation for their injuries if they were caused by another person's negligence. Medical expenses shouldn't result in a person being unable to seek proper treatment for their injuries.

Source: KFBB, "Brain Injury Awareness Month," Emily Scarlett, March 11, 2013


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