Program focuses on TBI awareness during March

In West Virginia and across the country, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the cause of about 30 percent of annual injury deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, an estimated 5 million people in the U.S. are disabled due to TBIs. Since the condition is so prevalent, March has been designated "Brain Injury Awareness Month."

Throughout the month, health care professionals will spread information about the signs of TBI, which can vary widely depending on the severity and type of injury sustained. Non-life-threatening signs of a severe brain injury can include headaches, nausea, balance problems and dizziness. However, more severe symptoms can also occur.

In some cases, those who have suffered a TBI may experience a loss of consciousness, amnesia or permanent brain damage. Brain injury victims may require extensive rehabilitation or a period of hospitalization. Health care professionals also caution that TBI symptoms may go unnoticed for days, or even weeks, following a fall or accident. Those who suspect that they may be experiencing symptoms of a traumatic brain injury should seek medical care.

While there are many events that can cause TBI, the most common include motor vehicle accidents, falls and being hit with objects. If a brain injury occurs due to the negligence of another person, the victim may be entitled to seek compensation for their medical expenses and rehabilitation. Brain injury victims may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney who can look through the facts of the case and decide if litigation is appropriate.

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