Injuries to the brain can unfortunately take a toll on a person, both physically and emotionally, in West Virginia and elsewhere. Fortunately, March happens to be Brain Injury Awareness Month — a month where more attention is typically paid to traumatic brain injury. Here is a look at what this type of injury involves.

According to experts, two people’s brain injuries are never alike. As a result, treatments differ among patients based on the injury’s severity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that more than two million people suffer traumatic brain injuries each year, and of these individuals, 52,000 end up passing away.

A brain injury can be severe, moderate or mild. In addition, it can be either non-traumatic or traumatic. A traumatic injury to the brain is a change in the brain’s function, stemming from a blow to the head. This type of injury can easily occur in a car accident or a fall, for example. These injuries can lead to devastating emotional, physical and mental impairments, and unfortunately, these impairments can keep a person from taking part in regular activities.

Fortunately, if a person in West Virginia suffers a traumatic brain injury due to another party’s negligence, he or she has the right to file a personal injury claim, seeking damages. In this situation, liability must be established before the civil court before damage claims will be determined. A claim that is fought successfully may result in a monetary damage award that might help with covering ongoing health care costs and other losses related to the brain injury.