March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Anytime, Anywhere – Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate. Did you know that 2.4 million people sustain brain injuries in the U.S. each year? An injury that happens in an instant can bring a lifetime of physical, cognitive, and behavioral challenges. Early access to good care will greatly increase overall quality of life.
“Brain Injury Awareness Month honors the millions of people with brain injury, who with proper acute care, therapeutic rehabilitation and adequate long-term supports, are living with the successes and challenges that each day brings,” said Susan H. Connors, president/CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. “Our goals are to continue to sustain and bolster brain injury programs, increase access to care and preserve vital brain injury research.”
Here are some startling brain injury facts:
* 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the U.S. each year.
o Falls (35.2%)
o Motor Vehicle Crashes (17.3%)
o Struck By/Against Events (16.5%)
o Assaults (10%)
* 5.3 million individuals live with life-long disability as a result of TBI.
* 52,000 people will die from their brain injuries.
* 275,000 people will be hospitalized.
* 1,365 million people will be treated and released from an emergency department because of possible brain injuries.
Brain injuries, regardless of the cause, can be physically, emotionally and financially crippling. These terrible injuries can dramatically impair a person’s ability to function and enjoy life. When the painful effects of brain damage on a person and family are suffered due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others – whether from a car accident, a slip or fall, medical malpractice, a dangerous product, a near drowning in an unsafe pool, a violent crime, a sports-related or recreational event, or from some other harmful mechanism – the legal system may allow for just and substantial compensation.
Join us during March to help raise awareness. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of someone’s negligence or if you have questions, contact a Miami, Florida brain injury lawyer at Hannon Legal Group.
Here are some additional Brain Injury Resources: