March is Brain Injury Awareness MonthMarch 20th, 2013 by 1800thelaw2
The Centers for Disease Control has declared March Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to the CDC, more than 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur every year. The nature of traumatic brain injuries varies; some are mild, causing momentary lapses in consciousness, and some are severe, causing long-term unconsciousness or even amnesia. The majority of TBIs in the U.S. are concussions, a mild form of brain injury.
Some interesting facts from the CDC about brain injuries:
- Males have the highest rates of traumatic brain injuries
- Children and adults age 65+ have the highest risk for sustaining fall-related brain injuries
- Teenagers and young adults (15-24) have the highest rates of brain injuries from car accidents
Taking necessary safety precautions can help reduce brain injuries. Wearing protective safety gear while playing sports or engaging in any physical activity is vital for reducing activity related head and brain injuries. It’s also critical to wear a seat belt while driving or riding in any motor vehicle, no matter how short the trip may be. Older adults with reduced mobility can greatly benefit from fall prevention classes and exercise classes such as T’ai Chi, which is proven to reduce falls by as much as half among older adults.
Fortunately, a brain injury sustained from a car accident, motorcycle accident or slip and fall is also protected by law. If you or a loved one develops a brain injury as a result of a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall, or sports activity, you could receive financial compensation for medical bills, time off work, rehabilitation therapy and disability.
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