Yakima, Wash. (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has designated March 2013 as Brain Injury Awareness Month, an important step in raising the profile of this serious health problem, Yakima personal injury lawyer Mariano Morales said today.
“At our firm, we support any effort to educate the public about these tragic and debilitating injuries,” said Morales, founder of Mariano Morales Law in Yakima, a law firm that represents victims of catastrophic personal injuries. “Awareness can help prevent brain injuries and increase understanding about how they occur and how they are treated.”
Brain Injury Awareness Month is meant to inform the public, through the use of social media and other outreach efforts, about what causes brain injuries and how they can be prevented, as well as about issues related to the treatment of these injuries, according to BIAA.
“Brain injuries have a devastating effect on not only the injured person, but also on their family and friends. The injured person may experience changes in emotion, mood and the ability to process information,” Morales said. “Brain Injury Awareness Month can help people better understand the impact of these injuries.”
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are characterized by a blow to the head or penetrating brain injury that results in disruption of normal brain behavior, which can manifest itself in a number of ways. No two brain injuries are the same and, for many victims, the injury is the beginning of a lifelong process that requires specialized, costly medical care.
According to BIAA, more than 3 million people are dealing with lifelong disabilities as a result of a TBI. Each year in the United States, 1.7 million people -- 475,000 of them children -- sustain TBIs. Of those brain injury victims, 52,000 die and 275,000 are hospitalized.
“These statistics are not only alarming, but they also demonstrate the prevalence of these injuries,” Morales said. “We all probably know someone affected by a traumatic brain injury, even if we do not realize it. We have to take steps to make sure fewer people suffer these injuries and, if they do, they must be able to get the medical care they need.”
TBIs are physically, emotionally and financially costly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that direct medical costs and indirect costs such as reduced productivity total $76.5 billion each year.
“Hospital stays, rehabilitation and follow-up care quickly add up to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, taking a serious toll on victims of TBI and their families,” Morales said.
TBIs are most often caused by falls, which account for 35 percent of cases, according to BIAA. Car crashes account for 17 percent, workplace accidents 16 percent and assaults 10 percent, with other causes making up the other 21 percent.
“Many TBIs and the accidents that cause them are preventable,” Morales said. “Negligent acts such as car accidents are some of the most common causes of brain injuries. The people who cause these accidents should be held responsible for the injuries they cause.”
Morales urged victims of brain injuries caused by negligent acts to seek counsel from an experienced personal injury lawyer such as the firm’s.
“At Mariano Morales Law, we have the necessary knowledge about medical conditions and diagnoses to protect the legal interests of traumatic brain injury victims,” he said. “We dig into your case, ensure you receive proper medical care and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.”
About Mariano Morales Law
Mariano Morales Law is a full-service personal injury law firm serving clients in communities throughout Washington’s Yakima Valley, including Yakima, Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco and Kennewick), Wenatchee, Grant County and Chelan County. Mariano Morales Jr. started the firm in 1994. Six times, he has been voted “Best Attorney” in Yakima Valley by readers of the Yakima Valley Business Journal. The firm helps clients in product liability, car accident, truck accident, nursing home abuse and neglect and many other cases involving traumatic injuries or wrongful death. The firm’s office is located at 1200 Chesterly Drive, Suite 180, Yakima, WA 98902 (local phone (509) 457-1948). To learn more, call toll free at (866) 972-0493 or use the firm’s online contact form.