Support for TBI Survivors Is Focus of 2016 Brain Injury Awareness Month
March 2, 2016
March is national brain injury awareness month, and this year’s campaign is focused on letting brain injury survivors know that they are not alone – and that support is out there if they know where to look.
The goals of this national campaign, which is led each year by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), are to educate the public about the effects of brain injuries, as well as the needs of survivors and their families, while dispelling the myths and stigmas surrounding these injuries.
While the BIAA has a number of events and activities planned for the 2016 Brain Injury Awareness Month (which you can check out here), below, we have revealed some of most important things to understand about brain injuries.
Knowing these facts, rather than being misled by the myths, can be helpful to:
- Reducing your risk of sustaining a brain injury
- Understanding the options for financial recovery if you or someone you love ever sustains a brain injury that may have been caused by someone else’s negligent actions.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Facts: Top 3 Brain Injury Myths Debunked
Myth 1 – Traumatic brain injuries are rarely deadly.
Fact – False! According to the latest findings:
- Every day in the U.S., at least 137 people die as a result of traumatic brain injury complications. This translates to nearly 6 TBI-related deaths every hour in the U.S.
- Annually, this means that at least 50,000 Americans are killed due to their traumatic brain injuries.
Myth 2 – The causes of most TBIs are unknown.
Fact – Wrong! Although the causes of about 1 in every 5 TBIs are not known, for more than 80 percent of traumatic brain injuries sustained in the U.S., the precise causes ARE known – and they generally include at least one of the following:
- Falling down
- Being hit or struck by something
- Being involved in a motor vehicle crash
- Being the victim of an assault.
Myth 3 – Most traumatic brain injuries are unavoidable.
Fact – Wrong again! Given that more than 4 in every 5 TBIs is caused by at least one of the above-mentioned factors, there may be a number of ways to prevent traumatic brain injuries (depending on a given situation).
For instance, in terms of traffic crashes, preventing TBIs can be possible via:
- Drivers committing to complying with traffic laws, driving sober and putting down the distractions
- Enhanced enforcement of traffic laws
- Innovations in vehicle safety technologies (e.g., crash prevention or crash avoidance systems).
In other words, it’s NOT uncommon for some type of negligence to contribute to the accidents or events that typically cause traumatic brain injuries.
And that generally means that consulting with an attorney following a TBI diagnosis can be crucial to finding out whether survivors are entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses.
Contact Beaverton Personal Injury Lawyer Linda Weimar
After an accident that results in a traumatic brain injury, you can rely on Beaverton Personal Injury Lawyer Linda Weimar for answers about your options for financial recovery. For nearly 20 years, Attorney Linda Weimar has been dedicated to providing injured people with aggressive advocacy and the highest quality legal services while helping them obtain the compensation and justice they deserve.
To receive professional legal advice about your rights, options and potential case, call us at (503) 640-5000 or email us using the Contact form on this page.
From our offices in Beaverton, Attorney Linda Weimar represents people with various types of personal injury claims throughout Washington County, including in West Side and Hillsboro.