Brain Injury Awareness: Understanding the Impact

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the theme for 2021-2023 is #MoreThanMyBrainInjury.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) states that there are more than 5.3 million individuals in the United States who are living with a permanent brain injury-related disability. This means that one in every 60 people is affected by a brain injury.

The BIAA seeks to increase understanding of brain injury as a chronic condition and reduce the stigma associated with having a brain injury. Brain injury has many causes, from car accident to stroke and concussion to combat injury.

About Brain Injury

Brain injury is a leading cause of fatality and disability in the United States. Each year, at least 2.8 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Common causes are:

  • Falls (47.9%)
  • Being struck by or against something (17.1%)
  • Automobile accidents (13.2%)
  • Assaults (8.3%)
  • Other/unknown causes (13.2%)

Right after a brain injury, brain tissue will react to the trauma with biochemical and other physiological responses. Depending on how severe the injury is, these effects may result in temporary loss of consciousness/coma, breathing issues, and/or impaired motor functions.

Brain neurons do not mend themselves. A TBI can lead to several challenges for an affected individual and their family. It can also result in persistent impairment that interferes with working. These issues might be cognitive, physical, behavioral, emotional, or a combination.

After brain injury, an individual may find it challenging to perform their job safely, or in the same way. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury due to an accident, it’s important to get support from experienced medical providers as well as a personal injury attorney, who can help you focus on recovery by advocating on your behalf.

If you or someone you love has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.

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