Welcome to Brain Injury Awareness Month

By Peter DePaolis

Did you know that, according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), approximately 1.7 million people suffer a brain injury every year in the United States? That alarming number resulted in March becoming Brain Injury Awareness month across the country.

What the BIAA hopes to accomplish is raising awareness and educating people about the severity of brain injuries and head trauma. Dealing with a brain injury is a process that involves support from the victim’s loved ones as well as specialized treatment and rehabilitation. A spokesperson for the BIAA commented that the BIAA’s goal this month is to increase access to care for patients and highlight important brain injury research.

In addition, the BIAA wants to emphasize the randomness of brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury can strike anyone at any time, commented one BIAA spokesperson. It is crucial that patients have access to disease management in an effort to alleviate family dysfunction and suicide rates among brain injury patients.

While complete recovery from a serious brain injury is not usually possible, many patients learn to live relatively normal lives after a period of rehabilitation and adjustment. Having access to early diagnosis and treatment can limit the long-term effect of head trauma.

Do you know someone suffering from a brain injury caused by another person’s negligence? Contact our office today for a free consultation.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.