March has been declared Brain Injury Awareness Month in recognition of the 5.3 million adults and children living with disabilities resulting from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). On March 18, several organizations, non-profits and government agencies will come together and discuss how to address issues that affect individuals with TBIs and their families, such as societal stigma and access to public resources.
The theme for this year is “Not Alone”, and the nationwide campaign will seek to educate the public on how they can be more accommodating towards individuals with TBIs. The organizers of Brain Injury Awareness Month hope that by educating the public, TBIs can be de-stigmatized and more people can get involved in aiding those who are in recovery.
One of the best ways to help is to learn about how TBIs affect individuals and their families.
How Do People Get TBIs?
Over two million Americans sustain TBIs every year, making it one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits. Most TBIs are concussions resulting from auto accidents, blunt force trauma and falls. More severe brain injuries can permanently disable someone, causing significant cognitive, emotional and behavioral impairment.
TBIs affect all age groups and it is an injury that does not discriminate based on class or profession. Famous comedian Tracy Morgan is recovering from a TBI after surviving a car accident with a semi-truck. More than 300,000 veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with TBIs, making it one of the most common injuries among the armed forces.
San Diego to Host TBI Fundraiser
In the spirit of “Not Alone”, San Diego will launch its own event by hosting a music festival that will benefit a motorcycle accident survivor with a TBI. The festival will fundraise to help provide for his recovery and launch a brain injury foundation in his name.
According to friends and family, the foundation will provide training for those who want to work in brain injury recovery and will provide public resources for individuals with TBIs.
Frederick M. Dudek is a personal injury attorney with experience helping individuals who have sustained TBIs in bicycle and car accidents. We invite our readers to learn more about brain injuries by visiting our website.
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Did You Know? According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of brain injuries, especially among the elderly and children.