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CSCS Supports Brain Injury Awareness Month

By: Allan M. Siegel

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month and our firm is proud to join the Brain Injury Association of America ( BIAA) in helping educate the general public about traumatic brain injuries, their impact on victims and families, and ongoing efforts to improve diagnosis and treatment. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has also proclaimed March as Brain Injury Awarness Month in the District of Columbia.

As a firm that has been deeply involved in brain injury litigation for many years, we here at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have devoted extensive amounts of time and energy to helping victims and families affected by TBI navigate their legal journeys. Accordingly, we know how serious and devastating brain injuries can be - and why it's so important for everyone to understand risk factors, common warning signs, and other brain injury basics. Brain Injury Association of America

To help you learn more about TBI, we've compiled a few important brain injury basics. You can learn more by visiting the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website.

  • What is a concussion? - Concussions are brain injuries that can be caused by external forces to the head (a bump, blow, or jolt) or by hits to the body that cause the head to move rapidly. Sudden movements can cause the brain to move around inside of the skull. This damages brain cells and causes chemical changes in the brain. You do not need to actually hit your head to suffer a brain injury.
  • Concussion warning signs - Always be aware of common warning signs after it appears someone may have had a concussion. Warning signs may include fatigue, persistent headaches, decreased coordination or slurred speech, memory problems, attention problems, weakness or numbness, unusual behavior, confusion, and loss of consciousness. However, you do not need to lose consciousness be diagnosed with a concussion. If you notice any of these symptoms after a trauma seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Preventing TBI - Making safety a priority can help reduce the risks of brain injury whether you're on the field, at work, or just out and about. Choose helmets appropriate to your activity, be mindful of dangerous surfaces (like wet or icy walkways), and always supervise children.
  • Recovery - Following a concussion, time is crucial to helping the brain heal. Whether you or your child has experienced a TBI, make sure to get plenty of rest, avoid risky activities that could cause further injury, talk to a doctor, and be sure to return slowly to normal activities.

Questions About Brain Injuries? Call CSCS!

Our firm has earned national recognition for our work in the brain injury legal field. Take a look at some of our accomplishments below. If you have questions about a case involving concussions or traumatic brain injury, contact us today!

  • Two of our partners founded the Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia (BIADC). Partner Joseph Cammarata is currently President and Treasurer of the BIADC and Partner Ira Sherman is the current Vice President.
  • Partner Ira Sherman is on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America, and currently serves as the Treasurer.
  • We have been selected as "preferred attorneys" by the Brain Injury Association of America for the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.
  • Partner Cammarata helped draft the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011, which became law in the District of Columbia.
  • We have represented numerous athletes of all ages - including professional athletes - who suffered from concussions and TBI.
  • Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for brain injury victims. See a few of our notable brain injury recoveries here.