Columbia, SC (PRWEB) April 13, 2014
The Brain Injury Association of America declared March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, a topic that deserves attention due to the long-term impact of such serious injuries, according to South Carolina personal injury lawyer S. Randall Hood of McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC.
Attorney Hood noted that a March 9 article in the Aiken Standard vividly illustrates the impact of a brain injury due to a car accident. The article, published during Brain Injury Awareness Month, features the story of a South Carolina brain injury survivor. The survivor featured in the article was in a coma after his accident and had to undergo occupational therapy, according to the Aiken Standard. He said he had to relearn how to do everything – eating, drinking, breathing, walking and talking, the Aiken Standard reported.
“As the article shows, traumatic brain injuries can instantly change people’s lives forever,” Hood said. “Any injury that moves the brain around can have serious consequences. You can go from someone who is perfectly healthy one moment to someone who faces serious, lifelong challenges the next moment. We have handled complicated brain injury cases and know that an injured individual and his or her family often are dealing with deep emotional and financial losses related to the accident. We work hard to help them get back on track so they can live their lives with dignity.”
Each year, an estimated 2.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury in United States, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Currently, more than 5.3 million people live with a lifelong disability as a result of a TBI, according to the association, which compiled its statistics based on data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The South Carolina family of the survivor featured in the Aiken Standard story knows all too well about the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury. The Martinez, SC resident sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2002 in a car accident at the age of 19 years old, according to the report. Twelve years later, this TBI survivor still suffers from the effects of his car accident injury. He has trouble performing most physical activities and trouble sleeping. However, none of that stops him from speaking regularly about TBIs in an effort to raise awareness about such serious injuries.
Educating the public about the seriousness of traumatic brain injuries needs to be a priority all year long, not just during Brain Injury Awareness Month, Hood explained.
“This message needs to be repeated loud and clear as often as possible,” Hood said. “We hope that people realize that a brain injury in an accident is not uncommon. It doesn’t take that much force to cause damage to the brain. We have seen the devastating impact of such injuries firsthand. That’s why we are strong safety advocates. We urge everyone to drive cautiously and avoid distractions. But even the safest drivers sometimes are injured through no fault of their own. If that happens to you or a loved one, it’s important to seek the advice of legal counsel.”
For more information about what to do if you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury and the legal options available to auto accident victims in South Carolina, call (888) 572-3800 or complete the online contact form.
The Aiken Standard article cited is “Resident raises awareness of brain injuries.”
About McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC has a well-earned reputation for being an experienced South Carolina personal injury law firm that delivers results. With offices in Anderson, Columbia, Rock Hill, Sumter and Georgetown, the law firm handles a range of cases throughout South Carolina, including truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, construction accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, dangerous medical devices and more. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means you only pay fees if we win.
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