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Traumatic Brain Injuries & Classes on the Road to Recovery

December 31, 1969

When you think about brain injuries, cooking might not be the first thing that comes to mind as it relates to recovery. But that's what many are turning to for help in healing and dealing with their condition. It's becoming a reality with the six-week B.R.A.I.N.'s cooking class.
B.R.A.I.N. is a faith-based nonprofit standing for Brain Rehabilitation and Injury Network. It works to help adults whose lives have been affected by a brain injury. Colt Munchoff a former athlete who suffers from a serious brain injury and is confined to a wheelchair, devotes his time to the cause. He says that he volunteers his time to help people to thrive again, to take care of themselves and to help them to achieve the degree of normalcy that most people take for granted.

Our Newport Beach injury attorneys understand that there are more than 1.5 million people who sustain a brain injury each and every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are a part in more than 30 percent of all injury-related fatalities. B.R.A.I.N. reports that someone sustains a brain injury in the U.S. every 21 seconds. This is higher than the rates of heart attacks and breast cancer combined.

The cooking class caters to about 150 people each week, according to The Daily Pilot. The message of the class is simple -- Overcoming a brain injury isn't easy. But it's possible.

Overall, the rates for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are higher for men than women. While the younger ones, 4 and under, have the highest rates of TBI-related E.R. visits, hospitalizations and fatalities, everyone is at risk.

Each year, there are nearly 500,000 individuals under the age of 14 stop by an emergency room because of a TBI.

To sustain a TBI is a little easier than you might think. The CDC reports that about 75 percent of TBIs that happen each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBIs. For this reason, it's important that you take every blow to the head seriously.

A TBI is caused by a bump, jolt or blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows, jolts and bumps result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from "mild," i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to "severe," i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

Mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells. More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or death.

These kinds of injuries cost the country a pretty penny, too. It's estimated that direct and indirect costs totaled more than $76 billion in 2000.

If your or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today!

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