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January is TBI Awareness Month

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January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Johnny O Foundation, TBI Awareness Month exists to highlight the dangers of traumatic brain injury and the need for care when engaging in winter sports such as skiing, skating and tobogganing.

TBI, which stands for Traumatic Brain injury, is a common result of a fall, head injury or other traumatic event involving the head. There are at least 1.7 million such injuries every year, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. Around 52,000 people die each year as the result of a TBI. Falling or crashing into another person or object while skating or skiing is common. Many such accidents result in head injuries that include concussion and other closed head injuries such as traumatic brain injury.

Because TBI is often misdiagnosed, it's important to recognize the symptoms, which may be present right after the accident or develop days or weeks later. If you were involved in a winter sports accident and fell or crashed, seeking medical help if you are:

  • Having difficulty moving or maintaining balance
  • Experiencing cognitive difficulties
  • Aware of changes in vision, touch and smell
  • Having difficulty concentrating or controlling emotions

Therapy, both cognitive and physical, is available to help those severely affected by TBI. However, many people are unable to continue working after suffering a TBI. Problems with cognition and memory, as well as physical limitations, may make it impossible for patients to perform their former jobs, or any jobs, for that matter. In cases like this, people may be able to obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, obtaining those benefits is not as easy as it should be.

If you or a loved one suffered a TBI while engaging in winter sports (or for any reason) and need to file for SSD benefits, it's important to get help if your claim is denied, as the majority of initial claims are. Do what many others like you have done: Contact Binder & Binder, America's most successful Social Security Disability advocates. Tell them your story and find out how they can help.

We have helped many people with TBI, including veterans injured by IEDs, kids hurt on the football field, victims of car and truck accidents, and people who suffered falls. Whatever the cause of the TBI, our team knows what to do.

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