Brain Injury Awareness Month Spreads Message That Victims Are ‘Not Alone’
Every year, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) champions efforts to raise awareness about brain injuries and the struggles faced by those coping with this type of injury by observing National Brain Injury Awareness Month in March.
As the parent of a teenage child, the prospect of your child getting behind the wheel of a vehicle can be very frightening. You want to keep your child safe. You want to avoid having your child either cause a car accident or become the victim of a crash that is someone else’s fault.
[su_row] [su_column size=”2/3″]The theme of this year’s awareness campaign is “Not Alone.” The campaign spreads the message that traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims, their families and those who provide care are not alone. Assistance and support are available.[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″] [/su_column] [/su_row] [su_row] [su_column size=”1/3″][/su_column] [su_column size=”2/3″]
Individuals, groups, organizations and others within the brain injury community are ready and willing to lend a hand. Victims need to know that life does go on after a brain injury. They need to have hope. Help is available, not only to aid recovery, but to allow victims to continue to pursue their goals as well.[/su_column] [/su_row]
Facts About Brain Injuries
[su_row] [su_column size=”1/3″][/su_column] [su_column size=”2/3″]The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 30 percent of all injury-related deaths involve TBI.[/su_column] [/su_row] [su_row] [su_column size=”2/3″]
Brain injuries are the primary cause of disability and death in the United States.[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″][/su_column] [/su_row] Disabilities caused by head trauma vary widely, depending on the force of the impact, the location and whether the brain suffered temporary or permanent damage, as well as other factors. No two brain injuries are the same, so the effects will be different from person to person. [su_row] [su_column size=”1/3″][/su_column] [su_column size=”2/3″]Those who suffer a TBI may experience impaired thinking ability, memory problems, vision or hearing difficulties, mobility issues, personality changes, emotional outbursts and more. While some effects may last for only a short period of time, others can have a long-term impact on a person’s physical, mental, emotional and learning capabilities.[/su_column] [/su_row] In some instances, a TBI can increase the risk of epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders.
It is important for those coping with TBI to know that even though they may have substantial obstacles to overcome, they are not alone. Life can and does go on after a brain injury.
In reality, most TBI survivors want the same things we all do: to have a successful career, to find love, to have a nice home in which to raise a family, and to simply be able to enjoy life. No matter how difficult these goals may appear, research and treatment options have been able to help speed recovery for millions of TBI survivors each year. These options, in conjunction with the necessary support, can help patients toward a better life that can be enjoyed despite the impairments associated with a brain injury.
Resources and Assistance for Brain Injury Victims
It is important to remember that brain injury victims are individuals. Brain injury victims are not their injuries. Yes, life will likely be different after sustaining a brain injury, but the life of a brain injury victim is just as valuable and can be as fulfilling as anyone else’s.[su_row] [su_column size=”1/3″][/su_column] [su_column size=”2/3″]If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI, you are not alone. Assistance and support are available. Speaking with your doctor or therapist can help you find support groups in your area. The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island also maintains a resource center, has support groups and provides information and further education to brain injury survivors, family members and caregivers.[/su_column] [/su_row]
Obtaining one-on-one assistance or joining a support group can be extremely therapeutic. It can help you open up about your injury, talk about the obstacles you are facing, provide you with new strategies to help you cope and give you emotional support from others who are likely dealing with similar issues.
If your TBI was caused by a car accident or other type of accident, particularly as a result of an act of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Working with an experienced attorney will provide you with an advocate who is committed to fighting on your behalf.[su_row] [su_column size=”1/2″][/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″]
Call us at 401-443-2999 or fill out a contact form to set up a free legal consultation.[/su_column] [/su_row]
We have four offices located in Providence, Wakefield, Warwick, and Woonsocket to easily serve you.
- Brain Injury Association of America: Brain Injury Awareness Month – March 2015
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: National Brain Injury Awareness Month (March 2015)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet
- The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island: Support and Information