March Named Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 18, 2013

Experts believe that annually, there are as many as 1.7 million people who are affected by a Brain Injury. Also, as many as 3.1 million individuals sustain life-long disabilities as a result of these injuries.

According to an article from the Alameda Sun, there are two categories of brain injuries, congenital injuries, and acquired injuries.

A congenital injury occurs before or during the process of giving birth to a child. During that time, a child is susceptible to injuries including a lack of oxygen flow to the brain, trauma, and tumor growth. Injuries occurring after birth are considered acquired injuries.

Regardless of how a brain injury occurs, the effects can be devastating. Studies have found changes in behavior, alterations to perception and senses, and deterioration of cognitive abilities to be the result of these injuries in the past. The effects are commonly determined by the part of the brain that is injured.

New research indicates the severity and risks associated with a brain injury increases dramatically if a victim is reinjured before an original injury has been allowed to heal.

The Little Rock Personal Injury Attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are hopeful citizens will become more aware of the risks associated with this type of accident with March being named Brain Injury Awareness Month across the United States.

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