It seems as though you can’t watch a sporting event these days without Brain Injuries being discussed. Unfortunately, brain injuries have become much more prevalent in today’s society, or at very least are finally gaining the public awareness needed to help understand and prevent this type of devastating injury.
While the media is doing a better job of covering Brain Injuries as they relate to sports, primarily football, brain injuries are occurring at a near epidemic level in our country from a multitude of causes. From sports, to falls, to automobile accidents, a brain injury can happen to anyone and its symptoms or lasting effects are often not visible on the “outside” or for sometime after the injury.
Each year, an estimated two million Americans suffer some form of Traumatic Brain Injury. Even more alarming, is that it is the leading cause of death and disability in persons under 45 years old, occurring more frequently than breast cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury combined. Yet, despite its incidence, TBI remains, for the most part, a "silent" epidemic. According to a recent national survey, only 1 in 3 Americans are familiar with the term "brain injury." And rarely do people associate TBI with the most common form of injury - concussions.
The government is doing its part in helping to raise awareness for Brain Injuries. The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force (CBITF), co-chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), has set today, March 18th 2015 as Brain Injury Awareness Day for 2015. The entire month of March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Awareness of Brain Injuries is crucial as prevention is one of the best methods in helping reduce the number of Brain Injuries occurring yearly. Prevention of a TBI can be as simple as wearing a helmet when engaging in any activity where you leave yourself susceptible to a head injury such as: riding a bike, skateboarding, playing a contact sport, etc. Using a seatbelt and a proper child safety seat when riding in a motor vehicle can also help prevent a brain injury. For more on how to prevent brain injuries please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BrainInjury/.
What should you do if you experience a TBI? Consult with a healthcare provider who can walk you through the process of getting the help you need. Many TBI’s are the results of an accident, if you or a loved one have sustained a TBI you are also welcome to contact our law firm for a complimentary consultation. The Russo Firm helps with the total process of someone who has experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury. On our staff, we have a Registered Nurse Case Manager and a Masters Degree Social Worker, investigators and attorneys that can aid you in getting the help you need. For more information call 844-847-8300 or visit our website at http://www.therussofirm.com.