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Message during Brain Injury Awareness month: injuries are common

Earlier this week we told you about a partnership between the National Football League and General Electric to provide increased funding and support for brain injury research. This is timely because March is Brain Injury Awareness month. This month works to let people know what a brain injury is, how people get them and what is being done to help treat and prevent such injuries. Many times people think of these injuries as just ones that soldiers get.

People can suffer from a brain injury from even the slightest impact. A knock on the head from falling off a bike, a car accident or a violent crime could also result in a brain injury. Over 50,000 people die from these injuries in the United States each year, and over 30 million people are treated in trauma centers. These numbers are astounding. Many people might not realize that even a mild concussion could be considered a brain injury.

Even a mild injury can result in long-term effects to a person's life. If a person's injury is severe enough, they might require invasive surgeries and long-term therapy and medical care. This can be extremely expensive and might require a family to make tough financial decision. It could mean the family doesn't pay other bills or cashes out their retirement in order to make sure their loved one gets the best care.

Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney in Missouri might be a wise decision if a person suffers from a brain injury because of another person's negligence. They can help the person understand their rights and work to seek compensation. This money can be used for medical expenses and help replace a families lost income that resulted from the injuries.

Source: KFBB, "Brain Injury Awareness Month," Emily Scarlett, March 11, 2013

-Our law firm handles brain injury cases in Missouri. Please visit our website to learn more.

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