Every 23 seconds a brain injury occurs in the United States, according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).
In recognition of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, Angel MedFlight is wearing blue to help raise awareness and show support for those affected by this debilitating injury.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. A TBI can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting language, thinking, behavior, sensations and/or emotions.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans live with a disability resulting from a TBI.
“Brain injuries not only affect survivors, but also their families and friends,” explains Lisa Counters, Angel MedFlight Senior Litigation Counsel and the Brain Injury Association of Arizona (BIAAZ) President. “Creating awareness and generating support allows the [BIAAZ] to continue helping individuals and families cope with a brain injury, and connect them with providers who offer medical, legal and emotional support.”
To learn more about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to support education and awareness efforts, visit the following websites: