Did you know that March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month? Scientists, doctors and researchers are making great strides in the study and understanding of brain injuries. According to statistics, every year approximately 52,000 deaths occur from traumatic brain injury while least 5.3 million Americans, or two percent of the U.S. population, are currently living with disabilities as the result of a traumatic brain injury. This serious issue is beginning to get attention from the media as more research reveals the long-term and disastrous effects of a TBI.
Research shows that brain injuries are often caused by motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries or simple falls on the playground, at home or even at work. It is estimated that 1.5 million people visit emergency rooms in the United States every year for head injuries.
A TBI can completely change a person. Following a serious accident, TBI symptoms can be easily overlooked but can surface down the road. When these problems do arise, they can leave the victim permanently damaged and unable to work, maintain relationships or maintain the same mental capacity or quality of life as before the accident. What makes these situations even more challenging is that TBIs are not usually a visible injury. While the victim may have a bump or even laceration, most TBIs are “invisible,” with no immediate outward symptoms.
Although TBIs are not physically apparent, the effects of this type of injury is far reaching. If you have been injured in an accident and have sustained a brain injury, there are important steps you should begin taking. Maintain detailed medical records of your treatments and costs and document the effects of the brain injury on your daily life. This could be anything from physical pain, like a headache, to memory loss or other cognitive issue.
It is also important that you talk with an injury attorney. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you can seek compensation for damages. However, calculating the monetary compensation for a brain injury is extremely complicated and takes an expert to ensure it is done properly.
The caring team at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC have extensive experience with serious brain and spinal cord injury cases. We can work with you to investigate and prepare your case. We also take our services a step further and consult with economic, financial, medical and rehabilitative specialists who can use their expertise to ensure you seek the right amount of compensation for damages. They can also serve as a resource for future care needs. The Gilleon Law Firm, APC offers 50 years of combined experience and can fully and fairly represent you after you have suffered a catastrophic injury.