March is Brain Injury Awareness Month as designated by the Brain Injury Association of America, and the theme for this year’s awareness campaign is “Not Alone”. The Not Alone campaign aims to provide education for the general public on the incidence of brain injuries in America and the needs of victims and their families. It also aims to destigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the various types of support that are available.
To honor Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Fort Carson Warrior Recovery Center and Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center will host an open house this month to educate residents and employees on the devastating effects of brain injuries. Experts in the brain injury field will be on hand to discuss various therapeutic activities and current brain injury research projects. There will be stations set up to cover balance exercises, as well as visual-motor and cognitive reactionary skills. There will be an art therapy center and a simulated neuro-feedback station.
Another local community program will also be honored this month for Brain Injury Awareness Month. Operation TBI Freedom works with active duty military members, as well as veterans, who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or other combat related traumatic injuries. Since Operation TBI Freedom began in 2008, they have helped more than 2,000 military men and women and their families.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America website, more than 3.5 million children and adults will sustain a brain injury each and every year. These injuries range from mild concussions to more serious birth injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Sadly, each and every day, 137 people will die from these injuries. In fact, TBI is a contributing factor to one-third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. In addition, 5.3 million individuals live with life-long disabilities as a result of a traumatic brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury (often referred to as a TBI) is an acute injury to the brain. It can be a closed injury or an open injury and it can be mild with few symptoms or severe, leading to permanent brain damage. Brain injuries do not heal like other types of injuries. No two brain injuries are exactly alike and they affect the brain in different ways, causing damage to different areas. This can yield drastically different disabilities and long-term prognosis.
While any traumatic event can cause a brain injury, the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are:
- Falls (40.5%)
- Struck by (15.5%)
- Car Accidents (14.3%)
- Assaults (10.7%)
- Unknown (19%)
Unfortunately, for some individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury, there is lifelong disease management. The injury may require a wide range of medically necessary treatments and community-based programs that are provided by interdisciplinary teams of specialized physicians, clinicians, and personnel, all of which comes at a significant financial cost. Some of these costs include;
- Acute rehab for a brain injury can cost $8,000 per day on average $850-2,500 per day is the cost range for post-acute residential care
- $600-1,000 per day is the cost range for day treatment programs. This entails four hours of therapy and does not include room/board
- $76.3 billion in direct medical costs and indirect costs, such as lost productivity annually
Contact Our Denver Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or someone you love has sustained a brain injury in an accident because of another person’s negligence, it is important that you speak to one of our experienced Denver traumatic brain injury attorneys immediately. We can help you recover the money you need to pay for medical expenses and long-term care after your injury. Contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.