Wednesday, 3 March 2010

March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The month of March is dedicated as Brain Injury Awareness Month across the country. In California too, survivors of traumatic brain injury or TBI, doctors and brain injury lawyers will mark these 31 days with sessions, seminars, and other awareness programs.

Every year, more than 2 million people in the United States suffer from a TBI. The degree of severity of the injuries can vary widely. The most minor traumatic brain injuries are concussions. However, recent studies have shown that not all concussions are mild injuries. If a concussion is not treated in time, it can lead to long-term brain injury. A severe case of TBI can leave a person dependent on care from others to meet all his daily needs.

There are a number of factors that can be responsible for a brain injury. These are just some of the most common:
  • Automobile accidents
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Industrial accidents
  • Assault
  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Domestic violence
  • Slip and fall accidents
The California Brain Injury Association provides support and resources for survivors of brain injuries and their families. The organization focuses on prevention programs, and promoting education and awareness of this hard-to-understand condition. Survivors may need plenty of support and help trying to adjust to the new difficulties they face up after they have suffered a TBI. Their families will also need resources to help them help their loved one adjust to his lowered abilities.

There is much misinformation about traumatic brain injury among the California public. Most people are just uncomfortable with the thought of discussing something that they believe practically ends a person's life. That's not always the case. Brain injury victims need plenty of support and help, but what they do need the most, is better understanding of the condition from the people around them.

There is much that you can do to raise awareness of brain injury this March. In fact, brain injury lawyers in California would encourage readers to do what they can to increase awareness of this condition:
  • Contact someone at your local newspaper, and ask them to do reports or special features on brain injury in California.
  • Contact websites and blogs dedicated to health and safety, and ask them if they are aware that March is commemorated as Brain Injury Awareness Month. Ask them to do special quizzes, and features that can help increase awareness of this condition.
  • Contact your local radio station, and ask them to include this important topic in their schedule.
  • If you know someone who suffers from a traumatic brain injury, try and get some media interest in featuring his or her story.

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