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Posted by: Harville Law Offices, PLLC on 09/26/2017

Kentucky Department for Public Health Promotes Brain Injury Awareness

Kentucky Department for Public Health Promotes Brain Injury Awareness

Many people think it’s funny to watch a person fall, but the injuries often sustained from a fall are no laughing matter. Falls can cause a variety of injuries, including broken bones, back and neck injuries, and head trauma. Brain injuries resulting from falls are a huge concern in Kentucky, especially among seniors.

On September 22, 2017—which is, ironically, the first day of fall—Kentucky’s Madison County Falls Prevention Task Force hopes to make more residents aware of fall prevention and how to prevent injuries such as brain injuries. Richmond will be hosting the Falls Prevention Awareness Day for the 10th time.

This annual event—held at the Madison County Extension Education Center from 9 a.m. to noon—will focus on ways to empower seniors and help them stay safe and active. Those in attendance can view demonstrations and see presenters discuss fall prevention and recovery, vision and home modification.

Attendees can get their vision checked. There will also be a pharmacist on hand to review medication and advise as to which increase the risk of falling. This free event will also have giveaways and door prizes.

The theme for this year—10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls— will focus on how to prevent falls in seniors. Statistics from the Kentucky Department for Public Health show that among Kentucky residents age 65 and older, falls are the main cause of traumatic brain injuries. Four Kentucky residents die each week due to traumatic brain injuries. There are also 148 hospitalizations.

Signs of Traumatic Brain Injuries

It’s important to get medical treatment for brain injuries. Even mild cases can present serious symptoms, and in 15 percent of cases, victims aren’t even aware they have a TBI.

Symptoms may include seizures, headaches, fatigue, memory loss, lack of concentration, irritability and dizziness. Some people also experience nausea, mood changes, confusion, slow thinking and lack of smell.

Since many symptoms are subtle or confused for other medical conditions, traumatic brain injuries often go undetected. The victim may look and move around as normal, and it’s usually friends and family members who notice first that something isn’t quite right.

Moderate and severe cases of TBI are easier to diagnose because they tend to occur immediately following an accident. Symptoms will vary depending on the part of the brain that is affected.

Neurological exams and brain imaging tests are often performed to assess the extent of the injury. Doctors and speech therapists can help clarify specific limitations.

Did You or a Loved One Suffer a Brain Injury in Kentucky?

A brain injury can occur from a fall or other serious accident, and older family members are at risk. If you or a loved one did suffer a brain injury, you need medical and legal help in order to fully recover.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a personal injury attorney if you have suffered from an injury. A skilled attorney will advocate aggressively on your behalf to help you recover the compensation that you deserve.