Brain Injury Awareness Month – Because Knowledge Helps

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on March 10, 2021 in Brain Injuries
Updated on February 24, 2022

doctors studying a brain scanThe Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is raising public awareness of brain injuries throughout the month of March. Millions of people across the country sustain these life-changing injuries each year. BIAA is giving them a chance to tell their story.

PKSD Law is prepared to provide legal help to those suffering from a brain injury as the result of another’s negligence. Compensation cannot change what has happened, but it could help in your recovery and allow you to move forward with your life.

An initial case review is completely free and carries no obligation to pursue a claim. Call us to learn more.

Why Raise Awareness

A brain injury is not just something that happens to others. Approximately 3.6 million people in the U.S. sustain this type of injury each year. As many as 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a permanent brain injury-related disability – that is about one in 60 people in this country.

Brain injuries can happen to anyone at anytime as the result of:

  • Car accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries to drivers, passengers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.
  • Falls, such as stumbling off a ladder or dropping from scaffolding at a construction site, can cause brain injuries to those at home or in the workplace.
  • Violence, including domestic abuse, shaken baby syndrome or child abuse.
  • Sports injuries are another way people sustain brain injuries, especially from more physical sports, such as boxing, football, baseball, lacrosse, ice hockey and soccer.
  • Combat injuries resulting in penetrating or impact wounds can cause serious, life-altering brain injuries.
  • Explosions can happen in certain industries, such as construction, and researchers believe that the pressure wave from a significant blast can cause injury to the brain.

Types of Brain Injuries

Understanding how an acquired brain injury and a traumatic brain injury are different can be confusing.

At a high level, here are a few facts that may help clarify more about brain injuries and what causes them:

  • All brain injuries that are not hereditary are categorized as an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • ABIs occur after birth
  • An ABI causes a change in an injured brain’s neuronal activity, impacting the functional capabilities of its nerve cells, as well as the physical integrity and metabolic activity.

Acquired brain injuries may be further defined as traumatic or non-traumatic:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – The result of some form of external impact, force or trauma, a TBI can occur as the result of a penetrating (open) or non-penetrating (closed) head injury.
  • Non-Traumatic Brain Injury – Caused by some internal occurrence – such as an aneurysm, pressure from a tumor, near-drowning event, stroke, or any event that cuts off oxygen to the brain.

How the Brain Injury Association is Promoting Awareness

The BIAA is providing many avenues to get others involved in promoting awareness about brain injuries.

How You Can Help

Overcoming societal definitions of what a brain injury is – and is not – is a challenge for those trying to live their life with one. It is also hard for friends and family who are trying to gain more understanding and a positive perspective.

BIAA encourages you and others across the country to:

  • Speak up on social media to increase awareness
  • Speak out by sharing your own stories
  • Get to know the facts
  • Connect with your creative side to show support

When You Need Legal Help, Call PKSD Law

Are you or someone that you know currently living with a brain injury?

Connect with the BIAA to learn more about how you can move forward after sustaining a brain injury. If your injury was the result of another’s negligence, you may need help covering the associated medical costs and other damages.

Our knowledgeable Milwaukee-based brain injury lawyers at PKSD are here to help. Call our firm anytime, night or day, to learn more.

Experienced Lawyers. No Upfront Costs. 877-877-2228

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