In the United States, a brain injury is sustained every nine seconds. Today, more than 5.3 million Americans live with a brain injury.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, observed by The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) for over 30 years. It’s an opportunity to raise public consciousness about traumatic brain injuries, and how they affect survivors and their families.
The 2020 theme is #ChangeYourMind: a campaign to de-stigmatize brain injury, challenge misconceptions, educate the public and empower survivors.
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is one that has occurred as a result of trauma – such as an accident at work – rather than a degenerative or hereditary cause. Brain injury is unpredictable. Each one is unique and complex. The injury can vary according to the cause and its severity. Sometimes, the effects are mild and manageable. In other cases, a brain injury can irretrievably change every aspect of someone’s personality and behavior in seconds.
“Everyone who meets Vicki says what a wonderful girl she is. She has a brain injury as a result of a car accident when she was a passenger in a friend’s car. She is real sweet and kind. She makes kids laugh. I’m proud of her and I love her. But she’s not the daughter I knew. My Vicki isn’t there anymore. I’m getting to know a whole new person.”
Laurie, Vicki’s Mom
People with brain injuries often need expert, long-term rehabilitation and therapies in order to facilitate as much recovery as possible. They frequently need practical help, patience and support – sometimes in challenging circumstances – which can put immense strain on carers.
Bighorn Law Accident Attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with catastrophic brain injury cases. We know how far-reaching the consequences can be, and how the good days are often outnumbered by the bad ones.
We unreservedly endorse The Brain Injury Association of America #ChangeYourMind campaign. We stand shoulder to shoulder with survivors and their families, and share their goals of improving rehabilitative health care and increasing compassionate understanding of brain injury.