BRAIN INJURY – A NATIONAL HEALTH EPIDEMIC
Each year in the United States, approximately 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury ranging from mild to severe. The consequences to the individual, his/her family and society are staggering. The physical, cognitive and emotional affects of brain damage can last a lifetime.
Each year in the United States:
- 52,000 persons who sustain brain damage will die.
- 275,000 persons with a brain injury will be hospitalized and
- 1.365 million persons will be treated and released from emergency rooms for traumatic brain injury
Traumatic Brain Injury Can Have Life Long Consequences
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have long-term or lifelong need for assistance as a result of suffering from brain trauma.
Even following physical recovery, traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of functional impairments affecting thinking, memory, sensation, language and emotions. It can cause other neurological conditions such as seizure disorder and epilepsy.
Brain damage in children will affect their ability to learn, their social integration, maturation and their ability to lead independent lives. Often times lifetime support is required.
Brain trauma not only impacts the brain injury survivor, it impacts family and social relationships as well. Brain injury places enormous burdens on society as a whole. It has been estimated that the direct medical costs and indirect costs associated with brain traumatic brain injury total over $56 billion dollars each year. Brain injury is truly a national public health emergency.
Brain Injury: The Silent Epidemic
Unfortunately, the tragedy of brain injury is often misunderstood and unrecognized. Many have referred to brain injury survivors as the “walking wounded” and to the problems surrounding brain trauma in general as the “silent epidemic”. The negative impact upon the family causes many spouses to remark that they are now living with a stranger and their role has changed from partner to parent.
Addressing the needs of TBI victims
More public focus is required in addressing the needs of brain injury survivors and their families. More attention needs to be devoted to brain injury rehabilitation and to the community reintegration of persons with brain injury.
Improving outcomes and life following brain trauma must be a prime public health concern of our society. We have made incredible progress in saving lives, now we must spend the same resources in repairing and rebuilding those lives. The needs of our medical miracles must be addressed. We must devote our research and efforts to a person centered approach.
Common Brain Injury Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be either subtle or obvious. Some of the common signs and symptoms of a TBI include:
- Headaches that do not go away
- Difficulty remembering, concentrating or making decisions
- Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting or reading
- Getting lost or easily confused
- Feeling tired all the time, having no energy or motification
- Mood changes (feeling sad or angry for no reason)
- Changes in sleep patters (sleeping more than usual or having a hard time falling asleep)
- Urge to vomit (nausea)
- Increased sensitivity to lights, sounds or distractions
- Blurred vision or eyes that tire easily
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Ringing in the ears
Brain Injury Prevention
The best cure for brain injury is prevention. With a new brain injury occurring every 15 seconds, attention must be placed on preventing new brain injuries from happening. In sports, preventing and recognizing the affects of concussions is paramount. The use of helmets by both children and adults must be emphasized and playgrounds must be made child safe.
The American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys
This web site has been created by the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys. We are a select group of attorneys committed to providing competent legal representation to victims of brain trauma caused by acts of negligence and medical malpractice.
Our brain injury attorneys are committed to protecting and safeguarding the rights of victims of brain damage. We believe that brain injury survivors are entitled to compassionate and aggressive legal representation.
The brain injury attorney academy members have successfully represented brain injury victims in law suits involving motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, plane crashes, construction site accidents, medical malpractice and landlord negligence.
There is nothing mild about a mild traumatic brain injury
Our members handle cases of mild traumatic brain injury, moderate traumatic brain injury and severe traumatic brain injury.
We represent victims of all types of traumatic brain injury including anoxia, coma, concussion, epilepsy, hemorrhage, hypoxia, loss of smell, loss of taste, seizures, skull fracture
If we can be of assistance to your family member or yourself, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us toll free at 1 866 BRAINLAW (1 866 272 4652)
Qualified and Respected
The brain injury attorneys who are members of the Academy are all leaders in the field of traumatic brain injury litigation. Our members have served as chairs, officers and directors of national brain injury litigation groups and as presidents, officers and directors of state brain injury associations.
Our members’ frequently lecture to legal groups and brain injury associations throughout the country on effective legal advocacy for victims of brain damage.