March is National Brain Injury Awareness month

Though March is National Brain Injury Awareness month, for those who have suffered a serious brain injury, it is unlikely that a day goes by where he or she does not think about it. This is because in some cases, even after the person appears to heal from the injuries, there can be lingering side-effects. Nationwide, each year 1.7 million people sustain brain injuries of varying degrees.

Depending on the person and the way in which the injury is sustained, the extent of the side effects vary. Some people have headaches and problems remembering things. Others find themselves dealing with depression, anxiety and problems sleeping. Still others have problems articulating their thoughts.

There are many ways in which a person might sustain a brain injury. Car accidents have been recognized as a big contributor for some time. Now however, brain injuries due to playing certain sports have been making headlines in the news. As children’s sports become more and more competitive, the number of reported brain injuries has been increasing.

Regardless of the age of the person who sustains a brain injury, as is the case with most medical issues, seeking treatment in a timely manner is important. Even those who have found themselves unable to move or talk after being injured have at times, with medical assistance, regained those abilities.

Treatment for brain injuries can be expensive. For that reason, if the brain injury was due to the action or inaction of another person or entity, a personal injury lawsuit may filed to try to recover financial compensation for a variety of things including medical bills.

Source: WILX, “Lansing Man Survives Traumatic Brain Injury And Speaks Out,” Caroline Vandergriff, March 8, 2012