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Tennessee recognizes Brain Injury Awareness Month

Tennessee hospitals see about 8,000 new cases of traumatic brain injury every year. Nationwide, that number is about 1.7 million. TBI can be caused by car collisions, falls, sports injuries or other accidents. It can lead to headaches, sleep problems, memory loss and permanent disability. It contributes to an untold number of deaths. However, TBI is often difficult to detect, and its effects may take a while to develop. Many people suffering from TBI don't show any outward signs of disability, and it can be hard for others to understand how they're suffering inside.

To raise awareness about TBI, Governor Bill Haslam has designated March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Tennessee Department of Health is marking the occasion with a conference and other events. The TDH website has a wealth of information about TBI, including statistics and other information about TBI and lists of resources for the injured and their families.

The long-term effects of TBI can seriously damage a person's quality of life. It can interfere with a person's performance at work and disrupt family life. It can also lead to huge medical bills and other costs.

If the accident that caused the TBI was due to someone else's negligence, the injured person should be compensated. A person acted negligently when he or she owed a duty of reasonable care to another person, failed to fulfill that duty and caused injury as a result.

After an accident, those who may have suffered a TBI should get medical attention and receive a medical evaluation as soon as possible. It's important for those affected by TBI to remember that the legal system has ways to address their problems.

Source: ClarksvilleOnline.com, "Tennessee Department of Health says Brain Injury can happen Anytime, Anywhere to Anyone," Feb. 26, 2013

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