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March is designated National Brain Injury Awareness Month

We have entered the month of March, which is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. The observance is dedicated to recognizing the plight of over five million Americans who are contending with the effects of traumatic brain injuries.

A traumatic brain injury affects the brain's ability to function normally and can be due to a blow or bump to the head. TBI can also occur if a person receives a penetrating head injury.

TBI is not a small problem; the Centers for Disease Control asserts that every year TBI is related to around 30 percent of U.S. injury fatalities. Moreover, no less than 2.5 million adults and children suffer traumatic brain injuries annually. And 2.2 million of those suffering a TBI need emergency room care with 280,000 undergoing hospitalization.

And among those who struggle with issues caused by brain injuries are those with cerebral palsy and other conditions that developed due to injuries suffered during birth. When a brain injury manifests itself so early in a child's life, he or she could be left to deal to permanently deal with the consequences. And the injured child's parents have to find the ways and means by which to care for the child.

If you believe that your child suffered a life-altering brain injury during the delivery process, you have good cause to pursue an investigation into the matter. An experienced medical malpractice attorney could examine your child's medical records and other pertinent information to determine if your suspicions are correct. Given the findings, the attorney could act on your behalf in an attempt to secure appropriate compensation.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense, "March Marks Brain Injury Awareness Month Observance," Yan Kennon, Mar. 1, 2017

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