March is Brain Awareness Month – a worldwide campaign to improve the public’s understanding of the brain, its functions, and the extent to which so many are impacted by traumatic and acquired brain injuries. Brain injuries are especially problematic when undiagnosed. According to a CDC study, there were over 220,000 TBI-related hospitalizations in 2019 and nearly 65,000 TBI-related deaths in 2020, illustrating the prevalence. Casper & de Toledo, a law firm that focuses on helping brain injury victims get the justice they deserve, feels it to be appropriate to note Brain Injury Awareness Month to our readers.
How TBIs Impact Brain Function
The brain is an incredibly complex organ that is involved with every aspect of our being. Literally, the brain is involved with “[e]very breath you take [a]nd every move you make.” Our brain allows us to comprehend and interpret all five of our senses. When someone sustains a traumatic brain injury, it can inhibit decision-making, problem-solving, coordination, ability to communicate with others, and more. This is why our firm believes it is imperative to observe Brain Injury Awareness Month; victims of traumatic brain injuries and their families often find themselves unsure of where to turn, how to proceed, and without the resources they need to move forward with their lives.
What is the Purpose of Brain Injury Awareness Month?
Brain Injury Awareness Month was first recognized in 1993, and since then, various organizations have used public information campaigns to inform the general public of the impact brain injuries can have and to advocate for research, treatment, and education, and, ultimately, to provide all those who’ve been affected by brain injury with a better quality of life.
One of the most important things to understand about brain injury is that often, TBI is not a singular event. Even the mildest form of TBI can have long-lasting impacts and require continuing care. A TBI with lasting consequences will also likely impair earnings and earning capacity. Additionally, many people with traumatic brain injuries go on undiagnosed. It is frightening that the current research suggests that virtually any TBI can increase the risk of neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer’s disease.
What Can I Do to Help?
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help the cause. You can support your local and national non-profit brain injury organizations with membership, contributions, and associated fundraising activities. You can also offer meaningful safety ideas for your family, friends, and community, encouraging the use of helmets for bicycles, motorcycles, ATVs, & various sporting activities; hard hats for construction sites; seat belts; as well as devices to aid the elderly or people with disabilities involving strength and/or balance, including walkers, bed rails, standing aid rails, canes, and handicapped toilet seats.
What Can I Do if I Have a TBI?
if you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another, the first thing you should do is get proper medical treatment. Additionally, you should consider speaking with a competent Fairfield County, Connecticut personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience handling cases involving TBIs. Casper & de Toledo has fought on behalf of TBI victims and their families for decades, and they are here to fight for you as well.
2023 Annual Professional Conference hosted by the Brain Injury Alliance Connecticut (BIAC)
Casper & de Toledo continues its commitment to Brain Injury Awareness Month. Recently, Stewart M. Casper attended the 2023 Annual Professional Conference hosted by the Brain Injury Alliance Connecticut (BIAC). This one-day conference included a session on how to manage traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and how to help individuals and families improve their quality of life after a TBI. Click here to see the program. In addition, our firm sponsored the conference program booklet by placing an ad on the back cover to support the BIAC, as seen below.