March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

This year the theme is “Not Alone.”[2]  The campaign is meant to educate the public about brain injury and the needs of those who have been injured and their families.[3]  The BIAA actively strives to de-stigmatize brain injuries, empower survivors of brain injuries, and promote the support networks that are already in place for those suffering from brain injuries.[4]

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) disrupts the normal function of the brain.  TBIs can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a penetrating head injury.  Not all bumps, blows, jolts, or penetrations will result in a TBI.[5]

How Big is the Problem?

In 2010, approximately 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths were associated with TBI.[6]

What Causes TBI?

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) conducts an awareness campaign every year in March.[1]

According to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the leading causes of TBI are falls at 40%.[7]  Children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 65 have the greatest risk of developing a TBI as a result of a fall.[8]  Unintentional blunt force trauma, motor vehicle crashes, and assaults also cause TBI.[9]

How Do You Prevent TBI?

The CDC has seven simple rules to follow:

  1. Buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to the child’s height, weight, and age.
  2. Wear a seat belt every time you drive your motor vehicle.
  3. Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  4. Wear a helmet and make sure that children wear helmets when riding a bike or scooter, playing contact sports, riding a horse, batting or running bases, etc.
  5. Make living areas safer for seniors safer by installing handrails, improving lighting, and using nonslip mats on shower and bathroom floors.
  6. Make living areas safer for children by installing safety gates near stairs and window guards.
  7. Make sure the surface of your child’s playground is made of shock-absorbing material.[10]

For more details on how you can be involved in Brain Injury Awareness Month click here.

About the Author: Christopher Guedri is a trial attorney with the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen in Richmond, VA.  Guedri was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for 2014-2015 in the Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs category in Richmond, VA. He is a Fellow for the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers and has an AV rating from Martindale Hubble. Additionally, Chris Guedri has been listed in the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine and as a “Virginia Super Lawyer” by Richmond Magazine.


[1] See Brain Injury Association, Brain Injury Awareness Month-March 2015, (last visited Feb. 24, 2015).

[2] Id.

[3] See id.

[4] See id.

[5] See Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet, CDC (last updated Jan. 12, 2015),

[6] See id.

[7] See id.

[8] See id.

[9] See id.

[10] See What Can I Do to Help Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury, CDC (last updated Sept. 13, 2013),