We often worry about concussions resulting from contact sports, such as football. But while there is good reason for this, it’s not just contact sports that can cause such an injury. A concussion is a mild form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is a type of sudden trauma to the brain that can occur due to a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury.
Unfortunately, not only are some TBIs life-threatening, but are also prevalent. In fact, nearly 2,000 people die in North Carolina each year due to a TBI, while it also contributes to more than 50,000 emergency department visits annually.
Brain damage and TBI can result from many types of accidents including:
- Auto Accidents
- School Bus Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Sport-Related Injuries
- Work-Related Injuries
Symptoms may include things such as:
- Trouble with vision
- Light sensitivity
- Ringing in your ears
- Trouble sleeping
But remember, just because you don’t experience symptoms right away, it doesn’t mean that you won’t experience them later on. For more about what to look for when it comes to the symptoms of concussion, you can view the following CrashCourse video on Concussion Education:
Deserving of Awareness
Due to the prevalence of TBI across the nation, National Concussion Day was founded in 2016 as a way to create the opportunity for public discussion on TBI and to increase concussion awareness nationally. The day hopes to positively support those who have been impacted by concussion.
Additionally, National Concussion Awareness Day hopes to provide health care providers, coaches, teachers, parents, and others with the necessary tools to recognize symptoms of concussion. It also highlights the social and emotional issues that can arise from such an injury.
National Concussion Awareness Day 2019 is on September 20th, as it is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the third Friday of each September. If you would like to get involved and participate in National Concussion Awareness Day, here’s how you can do so:
- Share your story with local media or on your own social media using the hashtag, #NationalConcussionAwarenessDay.
- Host an educational event at your local school, library, or other public place.
- Donate money to the Brain Injury Association of America. Donations can be made online, by calling 703-761-0750, or by completing and mailing a donation form to:
Brain Injury Association of America
P.O. Box 7416
Merrifield, VA 22116-7416
Henson Fuerst Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence or recklessness of another, it can have a profound impact on many aspects of your life. You should not have to pay for the careless mistakes of someone else.
The experienced North Carolina brain injury lawyers at Henson Fuerst can help you to navigate the legal system and help you recover financially. At Henson Fuerst we fight for what serves you best. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 919-781-1107 today!