Brain Injury Awareness Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month
March is brain injury awareness month and it’s a great month to get serious about concussions and brain injuries. They are much more common than you might think. About 2.4 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year and an additional 795,000 sustain non-traumatic injuries known as acquired brain injuries (ABIs).
Do You Know the Signs of Brain Injury?
Would you know what to do if you or a loved one sustained a concussion or other head injury? Many people don’t. In fact, about 90% of Americans polled could not explain what a concussion was in a 2015 survey, and 78% did not know the symptoms of a concussion.
The signs and symptoms of a brain injury can vary from person to person and can be different depending on the type of injury sustained and the part of the brain affected. Symptoms can include:
- Confusion and disorientation
- Vision problems or blurry vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurring or difficulty with speed
- Ringing in the ears
In some cases, a person may feel fine after a head injury only to develop symptoms hours or even days after the injury. Even in cases where a TBI can cause fatalities, a patient will sometimes feel fine immediately after their injury only to collapse later. It’s possible to wait too long to seek help. If you have sustained a hard hit to the head or show any signs of a head injury, it’s best to have to it checked out by a health professional.
Why Do Brain Injuries Happen?
Most brain injuries happen as a result of trauma. A sharp object, for example, can penetrate the ear or the skull in a car accident or other accident, causing injury. This is known as a penetrating injury.
A common cause of brain injuries is a hit or bump to the head. When the skull is hit, the soft brain inside the skull crashes against the insides of the skull hard enough to cause bruises and bleeding, resulting in injury to the brain and sometimes even fatalities.
Any type of incident where the skull is hit or impacts with a hard surface can cause this type of TBI. The impact doesn’t even have to be intense. Simply tripping and falling on a sidewalk or taking a spill on a ski slope is enough to cause serious and even fatal head trauma.
How Much Is My Brain Injury Case Worth?
Brain injuries, unfortunately, can be very expensive. In the short term, they may require expensive imaging tests, surgeries and hospital stays. They can change your life, requiring long-term care, rehabilitation and even nursing care at home or in a special facility. You might not be able to return to your job if your injury was serious, meaning you may need to replace lost income. If you can never return to work because your injuries are permanent, you may lose out on a lifetime of wages.
The high cost of injuries means it’s important to consult with a brain injury attorney if you have been seriously injured. With an attorney, you can explore all the legal options you have for getting fair compensation to help you with the many costs you may have to face because of your injury.
Have You Sustained a Serious Brain Injury?
If you have sustained a serious brain injury, get emergency medical help immediately. In addition, contact Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm for legal advice in Louisiana. Our award-winning New Orleans law firm is independent and focuses exclusively on our client interests, with no external shareholders influencing our commitment to our clients. Click or call Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm today for a consultation to review your case.