Traumatic brain injuries can be some of the hardest injuries to overcome. The physical, mental, and emotional side effects of traumatic brain injuries affect millions of people across the United States. The Brain Injury Association of America seeks to promote understanding and treatment of this serious problem. They encourage people to observe a National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month during March with this goal in mind.
The purposes of this push for awareness include:
- Providing “a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families.”
- Fighting misconceptions about the injury and its effects.
- Empowering survivors of traumatic brain injuries.
- Promoting resources for help and support.
How Common is Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBI is more common than you may think. Many of us are familiar with concussions and associate them with sports, but the people affected by traumatic brain injury — and their stories — are very diverse. The BIAA offers some fast facts about TBI and those affected by it:
- More than 2.5 million children and adults suffer traumatic brain injuries in America every year.
- Thousands of these cases are not immediately recognized or diagnosed, making recovery even harder.
- Each year, 50,000 people die from traumatic brain injuries.
- One American out of every 60 lives with a TBI-related disability.
- Causes of TBI can include the following:
- Falls — 40.5% of cases
- Striking by or against someone or something — 15.5%
- Motor vehicle accidents — 14.3%
- Assaults — 10.7%
- Unknown causes account for almost 20% of TBI cases
Getting Involved in National TBI Awareness Month
There are many ways in which you can get involved and participate in National TBI Awareness Month. Look for local support groups in your area or check out the BIAA’s social media platforms:
Social Security Benefits and Traumatic Brain Injuries
People with traumatic brain injuries often qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The effects of TBI can make working and other everyday tasks very difficult, which is very important in a disability case. The Social Security Administration lists “cerebral trauma” specifically in its listing of impairments.
No disability case is guaranteed to win, but the help of an experienced disability attorney can increase its chances. We work closely with disability claimants every day and understand the importance of proper benefits. We will do our best to answer any questions you may have about traumatic brain injury or the disability claims process in general. Contact us today and schedule an appointment for a free consultation.