Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America commemorates Brain Injury Awareness Month through campaigns that aim to increase awareness about the injury in the country.
From 2018 through 2020, the campaign is called “Change your Mind,” and it aims to foster awareness about this debilitating injury, and the effects it can have on patients. The campaign focuses on the special needs of traumatic brain injury patients and their families. The campaign also seeks to promote the various kinds of resources that are available to people with a brain injury and their families, and to foster a sense of community among persons with a brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury is an injury that occurs to the head and brain through a violent jolt. These kinds of injuries can be seen in car, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, and other traffic accidents. An accident that holds a stronger potential for a blow to the head like a motorcycle accident or bicycle accident may be even more likely to result in a traumatic brain injury, especially if the bicyclist or motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Sip and fall accidents can also result in a head injury. Construction or workplace accidents that involve blows to the head from pieces of machinery or falling debris can also cause a brain injury.
Mild injuries like concussions do not receive a lot of attention, but in the recent past, research has pointed to the long term effects of concussions, including forgetfulness and memory problems.
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury may result in convulsions, slurred speech, confusion or disorientation, and these symptoms can last for a long time. Some effects of a severe brain injury can even be permanent. A severe brain injury can cause a decline in the person’s mental health, causing depression, signs of dementia, and early onset of Alzheimer’s diseases.
In Indiana, the Brain Injury Association of America has support centers in Indianapolis, and can be reached on 703-761-0750. You can reach the Brain Injury Association of America nationwide toll free on 1-800-444-6443.
If you are a person with a brain injury or the family member of a person with a brain injury, there are a number of resources available to patients and caregivers that you can make use of.
To learn whether you can file a brain injury claim for compensation after an accident, talk to an Indianapolis brain injury lawyer at Montross Miller. You may qualify for damages that help you pay for current and long-term medical expenses, vehicle and home modifications, therapies, rehabilitative services and other needs after a brain injury.