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March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Did you know that 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, suffer some form of a Traumatic Brain Injury every year? More than 3 million people live with a life-long disability as a result of a TBI.

March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. Brain injuries are very serious and can affect a person like no other type of injury. More than 50,000 people die each year as the result of a TBI and another 275,000 people will be hospitalized. Brain injuries are a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

A brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and the effects can be devastating. Most often, these injuries occur from a car accident, motorcycle accident, a fall, a workplace accident or a sports injury. A blow to the head can affect everything from sleep patterns to your sense of smell and even your personality. Sometimes the changes are not recognized for months or even years after the original injury.

Victims of TBI may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  •  Ringing in the ears
  •  Fatigue
  •  Mood changes
  • Trouble with memory
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Struggling with thinking or paying attention

If you recognize any of these symptoms following an accident in which you or someone close to you has suffered a head injury, you may have more than just a bump on the head. You may have sustained a traumatic head injury and after you have received medical treatment, you should consult with a licensed, experienced Ohio brain injury attorney.

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