headacheMarch is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Many news stories have been written recently about the growing problem of head injuries in sports, from grade school through professional players. Sports, however, is not the only culprit causing head injuries. For years we have been warned to wear helmets and take precautions when riding bikes, 4 wheelers and motorcycles. Although due to the publicity, more people are playing safer, the risk of brain damage is still very real. One of the leading injuries our troops are returning home with from the Middle East are brain traumas. March provides a time to reflect on what can be done to lesson the risk of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Unfortunately, there are an entire group of people who have already experienced injury and the damage is done. Some of these people now find themselves needing Social Security disability benefits.


According to the Brain Injury Association of America, 2.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year in the U.S. and 5.3 million live with life-long disability from the injury. Over the course of each year, an average of 52,000 people die from brain injuries. Those who survive often find that they must undergo therapy that can last many years and have ongoing problems such as headaches, seizures, dizziness or loss of mobility.

The Centers For Disease Control has found that males have the highest rates for TBI. Young children and older adults are in the highest risk group.

 Warning signs of a head injury include

  • headaches that will not go away,
  • weakness or numbness, especially if occurring on one side of the body,
  • nausea and vomiting,
  • slurred speech or blurred vision,
  • agitation or drowsiness or unresponsiveness,
  • confusion or asking the same questions repeatedly, or
  • loss of appetite.

Any of these warning signs should not be ignored and medical attention should be sought immediately. It should also be noted that the brain injury occurs inside the skull, therefore an observer may not see a readily visible injury to the head.

The chart below is from the CDC website:

Symptoms of concussion usually fall into four categories:

TBI symptoms thinking icon.gifThinking/

TBI symptoms physical icon.gifPhysical

TBI symptoms emotional icon.gifEmotional/

TBI symptoms sleep icon.gifSleep

Difficulty thinking clearly

Headache Fuzzy or blurry vision


Sleeping more than usual

Feeling slowed down

Nausea or vomiting
(early on) Dizziness


Sleep less than usual

Difficulty concentrating

Sensitivity to noise or light Balance problems

More emotional

Trouble falling asleep

Difficulty remembering new information

Feeling tired, having no energy

Nervousness or anxiety



Many brain injuries can be prevented through simple safety measures such as adequate helmets and using caution while performing potentially hazardous activities.

If you or a loved on has suffered a traumatic brain injury and are no longer capable of working, consider applying for Social Security disability benefits. If you need help filing the application or appealing a denial, please fill out the form on this page to receive a FREE case evaluation.




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