Brain injuries are among the most serious and life-changing personal injuries that can lead to long-term disability and permanent impairment. There are over five million Americans living with the physical, mental, and emotional effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). For over 30 years, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has been raising awareness of brain injuries, their effects on victims and their families, and measures to help people with brain injuries.

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. This means there are a number of ways during the month to learn more about TBIs, attend events, share personal stories, and help people personally affected by a brain injury. Individuals who have suffered a brain injury are asked to contact an experienced accident attorney for assistance.

What is a TBI?
A TBI occurs when sudden trauma such as a car accident, slip and fall injury, or work accident causes an injury to the brain. Depending on the type of accident and the extent of the damage to the brain, symptoms can range from mild to severe. Symptoms of mild TBI can include, for example, a temporary loss of consciousness, headache, confusion, light-headedness, dizziness, blurred vision, tiredness, or difficulty concentrating. Symptoms of moderate to severe TBI can include many of the same symptoms as mild TBI, including repeated vomiting, convulsions or fits, speech disorders, numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion or agitation.

What are the main causes of TBIs?
A TBI can occur anytime someone’s head is hit, pounded, or pounded. The main causes of TBIs are falls, car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, sports injuries, impacts from or against an object, and assaults. When a person suffers any type of head injury, it is crucial that they see a doctor right away. An experienced doctor will examine the patient, determine the severity of the injury, and recommend the best method of treatment.

How can I prevent a TBI?
In the US, brain injuries occur every nine seconds, and 137 people die every day from injuries related to TBIs, according to the BIAA. It is a serious health condition that affects everyone, including children and older adults. Preventive measures can be taken to reduce the risk of TBI, including the following:

Always wear seat belts when driving in a car or truck, including those in the back seat.
Always wear a helmet when cycling or riding a motorcycle.
Avoid driving if you are drunk, sleepy, or distracted.
Older adults are encouraged to review all medications. Certain medications can cause drowsiness, which can increase the risk of falls.
All drivers should have their eyes checked at least once a year.
Make sure that the surfaces are free of foreign objects that could pose a tripping hazard.
What common head injuries are caused by car accidents?
Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries, from small cuts and abrasions to broken bones, internal organ damage, and TBIs. Even if the injury appears minor, it is very important that the victim see a doctor immediately, especially if they have sustained a head injury. Symptoms may not appear immediately after an accident, but a qualified health care provider can identify symptoms of a head injury and discuss available treatment options. The following are common head injuries that are common in car accidents:

This occurs when the brain hits the inside of the skull due to the effects of an accident. Symptoms of a concussion can include:
– Temporary loss of consciousness
– A headache
– mix up
– Temporary amnesia
– nausea or vomiting
– Slurred speech
– tiredness
– ringing in the ears
– personality changes
This occurs when a direct impact on the head causes a bruise in the brain. Car accidents can result in bruises if the driver hits the steering wheel or window with his head, or if a hard or sharp object such as a phone or a set of keys hits the driver’s head. Summoning symptoms include:
– Slurred speech
– Cognitive changes
– Difficulties in coordination
– Difficulty concentrating and forming sentences
Numbness or tingling sensation in the affected area
This occurs when an external object in the vehicle becomes a dangerous projectile and causes a head wound. Depending on the severity of the injury, a head wound can cause serious complications, including the following:
– blood loss
– difficulty breathing
– seizures
– paralysis
– loss of consciousness
– Loss of bladder and bowel control
Loss of movement or loss of sensation in the limbs
– coma
Diffuse axonal injury. This type of injury occurs as a result of excessive rotation or shaking. This is often the case in high-speed car accidents when the vehicle stops abruptly and the brain is not moving as fast as the skull. Common symptoms of diffuse axonal injury are:
– A headache
– nausea and vomiting
– tiredness
– Dizziness
– loss of consciousness
Coup-contrecoup event. This occurs when the brain suddenly twitches inside the skull. It is very common in major car accidents such as rollover collisions. When the brain hits both inner sides of the skull, both sides of the brain are injured. Symptoms of a coup-contrecoup injury include:
Bleeding in the brain
– tiredness
Swelling of the brain
– loss of consciousness
– Sensitivity to light and sound
– Slurred speech
– tinnitus
– seizure
– skull fractures
– nausea and vomiting
– Blurred vision
– memory problems
How can I participate in National Brain Injury Awareness Month?
In March, there are a number of ways to learn about brain injury, reduce the stigma associated with brain injury, and promote effective strategies that can improve the quality of life for people with TBI. Often times it is difficult to know where to start or how to help, but the following are ways people can honor and get involved with Brain Injury Awareness Month:

Learn more about TBIs. Individuals can visit to learn more about brain injury, treatment options, the recovery process, and other common questions about TBIs.
Find speakers nearby. Each state has a chapter of the BIAA. Staff can reach out to a local speaker and have that person discuss their personal experiences with a TBI. These events often take place at work, in a religious community or in a school.
Show support by posting on social media. Those interested can use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media channels to share information about TBIs, especially if a family member has a TBI. Sharing personal stories, challenges, treatment options, and available support groups can educate others and provide valuable information about available resources.
You can turn to nonprofits that do brain injury research and donate to a reputable organization that does groundbreaking research. Websites like GuideStar or Charity Navigator can help.
Not everyone has the financial means to donate money. This does not mean that people cannot make a financial contribution. Organizing a fundraiser can help raise a significant amount of money. Baking and flea markets are a good place to start. First Giving is another resource that people can use to create their own donation page.
Attend an awareness event. Various events are offered in the country chapters of the BIAA so attendees can refer to their chapter to find out what events are planned during the month.
Distribute literature. The BIAA makes this process easy and hassle-free by providing free, downloadable resources that can be emailed to others or posted on social media.
Health officials who care for people with TBIs are always looking for volunteers. It’s an easy and free way to get involved.
Help a family in need. There are a variety of ways to help people who are victims of TBI or family members caring for a loved one who has TBI. Just dropping off a homemade meal or offering a ride to and from the doctor’s appointment can make a world of difference. Instead of asking if there is something they can do, people who offer help in a certain way can make it easier for the friend or loved one to receive help.
Share a personal story. Sometimes simply sharing a personal experience with someone about how he or she has been affected by a TBI can make another person feel less alone.
Baltimore Accident Attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton represent victims of traumatic brain injury
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury following a major accident, you should contact the Baltimore Accident Attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We know how devastating these injuries can be and the impact they can have on you and your loved ones, especially if the injury causes long-term or permanent discomfort. We will work closely with you to determine who was responsible for the cause of the accident and to ensure that you receive the maximum monetary compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

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