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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

By Alpert Schreyer on March 28, 2017

Brain injuryEvery March, the Brain Injury Association of America makes an effort to raise the public awareness of brain injuries.
Brain injuries are very common: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. This type of injury is common among athletes—people who regularly expose themselves to the risk of hitting their heads, such as football players and skateboarders. Car accident victims may also suffer traumatic brain injuries.

What are the effects of a brain injury?

Jonathan Hunter of interviewed clinical social worker Donny Smith, who has worked with people who have suffered concussions and other brain injuries for more than 20 years. Smith expressed that a traumatic brain injury can strike a blow not only to a person’s ability to perform simple activities of daily life such as tying their shoes and walking, but to their personal life.
“Who do you trust, who do you not trust, what are they doing, part of it also is not only the trust, it’s relearning how to do everything, how to gather your thoughts how to be organized, how to go to work how to manage their money,” Smith said.

Long-term effects

According to an article by Eric Newhouse in Psychology Today, a brain injury can lead to consequences later in life that may be difficult to trace to the injury. Studies in recent years have disproven the traditional assumption by doctors that the brain heals itself.
Degenerative diseases can result from brain injuries, and brain-injury sufferers may have to deal with “memory loss, bad judgment, depression, outbursts of anger, thoughts of suicide and potential dementia,” Newhouse states.
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers who fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come home having suffered brain injuries, he writes.
As you may have heard in the news, this topic has been much discussed lately because of the mental-health problems suffered by professional football players–brain injury can result in a degenerative, untreatable condition called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. This disease does not strike everyone, and is still relatively shrouded in mystery, but researchers are trying to learn more about it all the time.
Sometimes, accidents happen, and the future effects are unpredictable. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident that was the result of another person’s negligence, first seek medical attention. Then call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC for your free case evaluation. We will listen to you, review your case, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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