Springfield, MO (PRWEB) March 22, 2010
Every year, more than 1,300 people die from traumatic brain injury and 12,000 people are hospitalized or treated for brain injuries, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. These injuries often result from negligence, inattention, or other circumstances that are completely avoidable or preventable.
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri fights this growing problem by promoting public awareness, prevention and knowledge through its Points of Light Club, one of its fundraising arms, which enables groups in fourteen Missouri cities to provide ongoing support to brain injury victims and their family members.
The law firm of Aaron Sachs & Associates will be the Host Sponsor for a Seminar the Association will hold March 27, next Saturday, in Springfield. The Southwest Regional Survivor and Family Seminar will take place at the Catherine McAuley Conference Center, a facility of St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, and is open to individuals, their families and caregivers, who cope with traumatic brain injury on a daily basis. The program will feature topics such as physiological manifestation of brain injury, (vision and motor problems); the effect of concussions; the brain-injury potential of substance abuse; and legal issues surrounding guardianship and conservatorship for those persons in charge of the well-being of brain injury sufferers and other special-needs patients.
Aaron Sachs, whose law firm has offices in Springfield, Columbia, Joplin and Cape Girardeau, has been a Points of Light contributor for many years to help deal with the effects of traumatic brain injury. He sees this problem in his daily law practice so his firm sponsors a variety of public-service events during the year, such as helmet giveaways for young cyclists and driving-safety seminars for teens. “We need to make the public aware that life can change in a second, not just for the injured person, but everyone in that person’s family and circle of friends,” Sachs says. “Most of our awareness efforts are about prevention because faster than anyone can imagine, life can go from a joyous experience to mere existence. This is often preventable since it results from acts such as driving impaired, driving drowsy, even driving while distracted. The victim doesn't have to die for his or her life to be effectively taken away."
"Unfortunately, the need is growing for the practical and tangible help we provide to an increasing number of victims and their caregivers, friends and family-members in our State. This is why we so strongly support the BIA-MO in their effort to help over 3,000 people on a continuing basis."
Aaron Sachs and Associates' personal injury law firm has offices in Springfield, Joplin, Columbia and, now, Cape Girardeau. Their services and community-service outreach programs are covered in much greater detail on their website: http://www.autoinjury.com/areas-of-practice/springfield-office.