The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) wants to Change Your Mind. Actually, the advocacy organization wants to direct your attention to a condition that affects millions of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2.5 million people suffer traumatic injuries to the brain every year. In order to raise awareness of the problem and highlight support for victims, the BIAA has kicked off a two-year awareness campaign called Change Your Mind .
Types of Brain Injuries
According to the CDC, TBIs contribute to about 30% of yearly injury-related deaths in America. Experts say that in addition to the toll that brain injuries take on individuals and families, the economic costs are staggering. Approximate medical bills and related costs reach more than $76 billion.
Doctors classify brain injuries as either Traumatic Brain Injury or Non-Traumatic. Generally speaking, an injury to the brain from external forces is considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The most common cause of TBI’s is falling down and hitting your head. Other leading causes include assaults, auto accidents, motorcycle crashes and sports injuries. Car accident lawyers spend a lot of time fighting to recover losses from TBIs.
Falls are most common amongst the elderly and the very young. (Basically, those who are just learning to walk, and those who have forgotten.) In addition slip and fall injuries and car accidents, brain injuries from strokes, diseases, and toxins are thought of as non-traumatic. Brain tumors and infectious diseases such as encephalitis and meningitis can also cause brain injuries.
When to Call Brain Injury Lawyers
No matter how they categorize it, brain injuries can be devastating. Aside from the emotional costs, the financial difficulties can be great. Caregivers have to deal with long-term care, medication, treatment, and therapy expenses. If a person’s brain injury is caused by trauma, it may be possible to recover losses and medical expenses. The fact is that many of the accidents that cause traumatic brain injuries are preventable. Many car accident injuries result in damage to the brain.
Careless maintenance at stores and shopping centers cause many a slip and fall injury. Likewise, falls due to nursing home negligence are not uncommon, and are largely preventable. In addition, distracted driving or other negligence behind the wheel is often the reason for car accidents or motorcycle crashes. Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers work to determine negligence and fight to compensate the victims.
The Orlando Car Accident Lawyers at Martinez Manglardi can help. Call 407-846-2240 for a free consultation. Offices throughout Central Florida.