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This March, Childers and Associates is proud to recognize Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has led this annual awareness campaign for more than 30 years, or about as long as our personal injury attorneys have represented victims of brain injuries in Virginia.

According to BIAA, over 5.3 million individuals in the US live with a permanent disability caused by a brain injury. That’s one in every 60 people. A further 2.8 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries every year.

Are you or someone you love dealing with the life-changing effects of a brain injury? Is someone else at fault for that injury? Learn more about Brain Injury Awareness Month and how Childers and Associates can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What is BIAA and Brain Injury Awareness Month?

BIAA provides the latest information on brain injury research, treatment options, resources, and local support services. This organization spearheads Brain Injury Awareness Month every March to spread awareness about brain injuries. The theme for 2022 is #MoreThanMyBrainInjury. This campaign aims to:

  • Increase understanding of brain injuries and the chronic conditions they cause
  • Reduce the stigma of living with a brain injury
  • Call attention to the diversity of brain injuries and the demographics they affect
  • Improve care and support for people with brain injuries and their families

What Causes Brain Injuries?

Brain injuries are a leading cause of disability and death in the US. Those that occur after birth are called acquired brain injuries (ABIs), which are divided into two categories:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by external forces, such as falls, strikes to the head, car accidents, or assaults. The trauma may or may not cause penetrating injuries, but the brain suffers harm nonetheless.
  • Non-traumatic brain injuries (NTBIs) are caused by internal factors, such as oxygen deprivation, exposure to toxins, or pressure from a tumor.

Unfortunately, the brain cannot regenerate the cells destroyed by external or internal factors, meaning many TBIs and NTBIs have permanent effects.

Symptoms of a Brain Injury

If you or someone near you exhibits signs of brain trauma, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Here’s what to watch out for:

  • Persistent or worsening headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Poor coordination
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Shortened attention span
  • Memory loss
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Seizures
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

Contact Childers and Associates

The situation surrounding every brain injury is unique. That’s why it’s imperative to work with a brain injury lawyer who can support your case and work to get you the compensation you deserve. No matter how severe your injury or the suspected cause, Childers and Associates will aggressively pursue your rights while maintaining compassionate understanding toward you. For help rebuilding your life after a brain injury, please request a free case review with our personal injury attorney today. Simply call our Manassas, VA, office at (703) 330-6300 to get started.