Would you consider yourself “brain injury aware”? Most people would probably say yes. You’ve almost certainly heard of brain injuries and generally know what they entail — and that’s a start.
But there’s a perception out there that brain injuries are extreme, rare, and almost always the result of a car crash or some other such incident. That’s an errant notion that Brain Injury Awareness Month hopes to change.
This March, The Law Offices of James C. DeZao is raising its voice along with health and safety advocates all around the country to say that Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are all too common… and that the average person is more vulnerable than they might think.
The Surprising Prevalence of Brain Injuries in New Jersey and America
“Not Alone.” That’s the official motto for this year’s Brain Injury Awareness Month, and it’s designed to remove the stigma surrounding TBI in America. These victims are not always old, they are not always debilitated, and they are not all victims of car crashes.
In fact, 2.5 million Americans survive traumatic brain injuries each year. Right now, there are 5.3 million Americans living with a TBI. Nearly a million more suffer a non-traumatic brain injury each year too. These are men, women, children, and even infants. And all of them deserve our compassion, respect, awareness, and assistance.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries in New Jersey
So, aside from car crashes, what can cause a brain injury? Among the more common scenarios are:
- Falling down stairs
- Falling from ladders
- Slipping on the floor or in the shower
- Tripping on the ground
- Sports injuries
- Violence (including domestic violence)
- Child abuse (including shaken baby syndrome)
- Combat injuries for military personnel
- Explosive blasts
- Blunt force trauma
- Workplace injuries
- Birth injury (may affect infant or mother)
- Brain injury secondary to stroke
- Other traumatic medical events leading to brain injury.
As you can see, many of the common causes of brain injuries in New Jersey are everyday mishaps — far from the kind of extreme catastrophe you might typically imagine. The victims of brain injury in our state are people just like you, and the reality is that it could happen to anyone.
New Jersey Brain Injury Attorney for Change
As a New Jersey brain injury attorney office, we salute Brain Injury Awareness Month and its “Not Alone” creed, which we think goes a long way in lending a shoulder of support to brain injury patients across America.
If you are currently grappling with brain injuries in New Jersey and haven’t yet pursued compensation for your losses, our office may be able to help. We’re here to assist in any way we can, so please give us a call today.