It seems that new findings about how the human brain works come down the pike every couple of months. We certainly know more today about neuroscience and what can happen if someone suffers a brain injury than we did just a few years ago. And chances are good that we will be hearing more about this serious matter during March because it is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.
As a species, humans are inherently social. We rely on connections with others to survive. Our close relationships with the people who love and support us--for better or worse--are some of our most valuable possessions.
Most of us know that as we get older, our bodies become less resilient. Our bones become more brittle. If we slip in the tub, we're more likely to bruise and break a bone than we would have when we were younger.
Sometimes, motorists or their passengers in Alaska who are involved in car accidents might believe they are uninjured and refuse a trip to the hospital for a medical evaluation. However, even a low-speed collision can cause a brain injury that might only become evident hours or days later. The rapid whiplash movement of the head that is typical upon sudden impact of a collision causes the brain to smash against the inside of the skull, causing bruising or bleeding of the brain.
Concussions are not limited to injuries on the sports fields. In Alaska and across the country, some of the most frequent car accident injuries are concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, and it can be mild or severe. The mistake many make is not to go for a medical examination after an accident if they have no apparent injuries, not realizing that the effects of concussions can linger.
Victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents or assault can suffer catastrophic injuries. Brain injuries that cause life-altering damage can be the result of the negligence or recklessness of others. In Alaska, brain injury victims may be entitled to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system.