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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, Get the Facts About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and impact millions of people every year. Whether a Brain Injury is suffered in a car crash, a workplace accident, a fall or from any other situation, the consequences can be devastating and life changing.

This March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. At Gauthier Amedee, we want to help raise awareness by sharing some important facts about Traumatic Brain Injuries. Brain injuries are extremely complex and can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The Centers for Disease Control define a TBI as an injury caused by “a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” There are many different types of Brain Injury, and their symptoms and diagnosis may change depending on the level of severity. Just as no two brains are identical, brain injuries often impact people in different ways.

There are two types of Traumatic Brain Injuries:

  • Open Head Injuries: An Open Head Injury occurs when a foreign object enters or penetrates the skull. These injuries can occur when a projectile enters the skull, but they can also result from accidents where a skill fracture causes a piece of bone to enter the brain.
  • Closed Head Injuries: A Closed Head Injury occurs when the head suffers a concussive or forceful blow. These injuries can result when any type of sudden, violent motion causes the brain to knock against the inside of the skull.

How Widespread is the Problem?

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, head and brain injuries are a major health hazard and a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. Here are some statistics that demonstrate just how widespread this problem has become:

  • 5.3 million Americans are currently living with some form of TBI-related disability.
  • 137 people in the United States die every day as a result of a TBI-related injury. That amounts to more than 50,000 TBI-related fatalities every year.
  • Someone in the U.S sustains a TBI every 13 seconds.
  • Falls account for 40.5% of all TBIs, and car accidents account for 14.3%.

To learn more about TBIs and Brain Injury Awareness month, visit the Brain Injury Association of America by clicking here.

If you or a loved one suffered a head or brain injury as the result of an accident that was not your fault, call Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.

When you call, you will receive a FREE, confidential consultation with one of our experienced Louisiana Brain Injury attorneys. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you, and you will never pay an attorney’s fee unless we win your case.

At Gauthier Amedee, we don’t get paid until you do.

Don’t delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.

March 9th, 2016