It might seem obvious to say, but your brain is important, so you need to take steps to protect it. What’s more, you should help make sure that the people in your community and your loved ones are doing the same.
Brain Injury Awareness Month, as presented by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), happens each March. It is designed to be a nationwide safety campaign that challenges people to pay more attention to how they can protect their heads and brains from serious injuries. Because Carter Mario Law Firm is all about doing whatever we can to help our communities stay healthy and safe, it’s our honor to observe Brain Injury Awareness Month.
This year, let’s take a quick look at five brain injury facts that might surprise you:
- Concussion occurrence: There are many different types of brain injuries, but concussions are among the most common, which is also why much of this list focuses on them. Concussions usually happen when the brain hits the inside of the skull, such as during a rattling car accident or sports impact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2 million sports-related concussions happen each year in the country. Also, about one in ten athletes – professional or recreational – will suffer a concussion each year.
- Concussion symptoms: Concussions are sometimes called “mild” traumatic brain injuries or TBIs because they are not immediately devastating like other brain injuries. However, this terminology can be deceiving. Concussions are still serious and require urgent medical care. To make matters worse, concussion symptoms can be mild at first, so you may not realize you have one. Subtle concussion symptoms include worsening headache, sudden vomiting, tinnitus, balance issues, insomnia, and uncharacteristic anxiety or depression. Please see a doctor right away if you suffered a head injury and are now “feeling off.”
- Alcohol and concussion complications: As a general rule, alcoholic beverages and medical recoveries do not mix. This remains true when considering concussions. The stupefying effect of alcohol can actually alter your brain’s chemistry, especially if you consume alcohol in high quantities or often. As such, drinking alcohol when you have a concussion can slow down your recovery time or potentially make your brain injury worse. To be safe, do not use alcohol or drugs of any sort without first consulting with a trusted medical provider.
- Fall prevention: Along with car accidents and sports collisions, slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of brain injuries, especially within the senior population. Approximately 80% of emergency room visits among seniors are related to head injuries that happen because they fell. Whether you are a senior citizen or not, you should take steps now to help safeguard your home from falls. Installing handrails and grab bars in key locations like bathrooms and bedrooms is a good start. Employers should use this month to make such improvements around the workplace, too. Not only does this help protect employees and customers from harm, but it can also protect your company from liability!
- Helmet use: Helmets aren’t just for riding a motorcycle or playing football. They are essential pieces of protective equipment in all sorts of situations. Whether you are rock climbing, skateboarding, bicycling, or working on a construction site, you should be wearing a helmet. The helmet you choose is important, too. Make sure it fits well and is rated for whatever activity you are participating in.
From all of us at Carter Mario Law Firm, we hope this quick list helps you keep yourself safe from harm’s way. Please feel free to share this blog with your friends and family, too, so we can raise awareness of Brain Injury Awareness Month!