Every year more than 2.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury. Even worse – 5.3 million Americans currently live with a lifelong disability after sustaining a brain injury in an accident. In order to raise awareness about the devastating effects of a traumatic brain injury, it’s been announced that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the theme for this year’s Brain Injury Month is “Not Alone”. The Not Alone campaign is designed to empower brain injury survivors and their families and to de-stigmatize the injury. There are numerous resources available at the BIAA and throughout your community. You can even download and print flyers for your home or office.
Traumatic Brain Injuries vs. Mild Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in car accidents, falls, and sporting accidents. They can result in severe brain damage and even death. In fact, a study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that even when brain injury victims make a full recovery, they are 3x more likely to die young. Another study found that even people who sustain a mild brain injury were 2x more likely to die prematurely.
Severe traumatic brain injuries often result in permanent disability. When the delicate brain tissue is injured, basic bodily functions, senses, and learning can be affected. Brain injury victims can lose the ability to read, write, speak properly, and even perform their basic bodily care. The specific outcome of a traumatic brain injury, however, depends largely on which lobe of the brain is affected and how severe the injury is. Memory loss, mood disorders, and even seizures are common after a brain injury.
Yet, what many people are not aware of is that even mild brain injuries (also known as concussions) can have potentially devastating consequences, including a lifetime of pain and suffering. Currently, about 15% of concussions will result in some form of permanent disability and that number increases the more concussions you sustain.
Brain Injury Victims Need Help
If you or someone you love has sustained a brain injury in a car accident or fall, it is important to speak to an experienced Colorado Springs brain injury lawyer immediately. Your injury may require more time and money than you realize and you need someone on your side that can fight for your right to compensation. Unfortunately, insurance companies are quick to offer brain injury victims a settlement after an accident. They know that as time goes on – their injuries could prove to be life-long. By offering brain injury victims a quick settlement, they hope to mitigate their losses and reduce their liabilities. With a lawyer on your side – you can obtain the money you need to pay for your care now—and in the future.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Brain Injury Lawyers
Contact the experienced Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys at the Green Law Firm today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and discuss your case. Call us today at 1-719-694-8515.