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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

An estimated 2.8 million Americans suffer from a brain injury every year, and more than 5 million Americans currently live with a disability that has been caused by a brain injury. Since 2021 and right through 2023, the Brain injury Association of America has been commemorating Brain Injury Awareness Month in the month of March  with the theme “More Than My Brain Injury. “

According to the Brain injury Association of America, an overwhelming majority of all brain injuries are caused as a result of falls.  An  estimated 47% of all traumatic brain injuries every year are caused by falls, with car accidents accounting for the second highest number of brain injuries at 13%. Approximately 17% of traumatic brain injuries are caused when a person is struck by an object, while 8% are the result of violent assaults. Other causes of brain injury include medical malpractice.

Whatever the cause of the brain injury, these are some of the most common serious personal injuries in the United States, and also some of the most misunderstood.  The  Brain Injury Association of America estimates that as many as one in 60 people suffers from a disability resulting from a brain injury.  This  means that it is highly likely that you know someone who suffers from cognitive deficits,  memory problems,  difficulties in concentration  and a variety of other disabilities as a result of a traumatic brain injury.

The “More Than My Brain Injury” campaign consists of a widespread social media campaign that depicts victims of brain injury moving on with life after the injury. Make no mistake – brain injuries are extremely serious and can have a lifelong impact on the quality of a person’s life.  There  is also no complete cure for a brain injury.  However,  that does not mean that life after a mild or moderate brain injury comes to a complete stand still.  With   extensive therapy and rehabilitation including occupational therapy, speech therapy and other interventions, it can be  possible for a person to regain some of his movement, speech, mobility and other deficits after a brain injury in order to lead a more productive life.

This is especially true after a moderate or mild brain injury like a concussion.  There  are steps that a person can take after a concussion to heal the injury. According to the Brain injury Association of America, a person must get enough rest, take regular breaks from work or studies in order to give the brain time to rest.  It is  also important to avoid alcohol while you are recovering from a brain injury.

The Atlanta car crash attorneys at Katz Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to the representation of persons injured in car accidents in the metro Atlanta region and across Georgia.  If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a car accident, talk to a lawyer at our firm and determine if you have legal options to a claim for damages.   You may be eligible for compensation that includes medical expenses, lost income and other types of damages.  Talk to an attorney at our firm and discuss your case.

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