March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Save this date: March 16, 2016. This coming March 16 is National Brain Injury Awareness Day. This is an annual event where advocates for the care and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury in America, such as the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) meet on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. for the purpose of (1) increasing Congressional awareness of the special needs of those suffering from brain injuries; (2) to provide information and resources to brain injury sufferers and their caregivers; (3) to bring to light the need for better care and treatment for brain injury sufferers, including civilian and military individuals; and (4) to expand brain injury research and resources for state run programs.

The Treatment and Care of Brain Injury Sufferers is a Major Concern

According to, statistically speaking, Traumatic Brain Injuries:

are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults, here in America;
is an injury that is most often caused by auto accidents, sports related injuries (estimated at approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million per year), and slip and falls;
are responsible for approximately 52,000 deaths in America, every year;
occur in our hospital emergency rooms at an estimated rate of 1.5 million head injuries every year;
represent at least 2 percent of the population in America living with disabilities resulting from brain injuries. (It is now believed that moderate to severe brain injuries may be associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.);
are more likely to affect men rather than women;
are one of the leading causes of PTSD suffered by our military personnel due to percussion head injuries resulting from explosions in war zones.

Veteran advocates believe that roughly 10 to 20 percent of Iraq War veterans are suffering from some form of traumatic brain injury, now recognized as PTSD. At least 30 percent of military personnel admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center have been diagnosed as having had PTSD.

The Importance of Social Awareness

Without society’s help in creating and sustaining many of the programs that are now available for individuals with disabilities, and especially those with traumatic brain injuries, it would be very difficult for those individuals to maintain a certain level of normalcy in their daily lives. In order to provide needed services and resources, these programs will require support and funding from, not only caring groups and charities, but also our government. In this respect, the BIAA, and other advocacy groups for the disabled have become the voice, on Capitol Hill, for those who need to be heard.

The BIAA will be presenting some of the following issues before Congress on National Brain Injury Awareness Day:

-the need to strengthen Federal and State Traumatic Brain Injury Programs
-the need to increase access to care for sufferers of brain injury
-the need to keep brain injury sufferers financially solvent and to provide a special level of support to the caregivers of these individuals
-the need to advance and accelerate brain injury research
-the need to improve awareness and understanding of brain injury causes and treatment

Information is available for those who are interested in the National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

For individuals with questions or needing information from a legal advocate concerning brain injuries leading possibly to either disability or death, the Law Offices of Levin & Perconti are here to help you. Please call an experienced brain injury attorney at Levin & Perconti (312) 332-2872 for a free consultation.

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