March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month.

March 14, 2014

This month is national Brain Injury Awareness Month.  As Buffalo personal injury attorneys, we have found that Traumatic Brain Injury is one of the more difficult injuries our clients have faced.  A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may be caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain.  It is the type of injury that affects different people in different ways.  As a result, it can be very hard to diagnose and treat.  Unlike, for example, a broken bone, it often lacks any easy to see objective sign of injury, which also can make it difficult to prove in a personal injury case.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, 2.4 million people in the United States suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury each year, and there are currently 5.3 million people who have suffered a life-long disability due to TBI.  While approximately one-third of TBIs are caused by falling and striking the head, motor vehicle accidents, injuries at work, and assaults are also common causes.

TBI can greatly vary in its severity and does not always require a blow to the head to occur.  It can also occur, for example, in a high speed car accident where the victim’s head is rapidly whipped around, even if his or her head does not actually strike anything.  If someone you know has struck his or her head or been in an accident, and he or she is now experiencing symptoms such as memory issues, difficulty concentrating or processing information, or unusual mood swings or personality changes, you should consider contacting a medical provider.

More information regarding Brain Injury Awareness Month and TBI can be found at the Brain Injury Association of America’s website.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury and needs legal help, we are experienced personal injury attorneys.  Call us at 716-400-0000.