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World Head Injury Awareness Day

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The 20th of March is World Head Injury Awareness Day. The day serves as a reminder to be aware of how accidents and brain injuries could be reduced by being more mindful and to also recognise the symptoms of a serious head injury.

Head Injury Causes

Globally, the three most common causes of head injuries are: Motor vehicle, bicycle or vehicle-pedestrian accidents, falls and violence.

Brain injuries can happen when participating in sporting activities, vehicle accidents, or a simple fall, but they can have long-term consequences such as major damage to the central nervous system and brain.

What are Types of Brain Injury?

There are many types of brain injury, including, but not limited to:

What are Brain Injury Symptoms?

There are symptoms to look out for, including headaches, nausea, vomiting, problems with speech, feeling of being confused, mood swings, blurred vision, ringing in your ears and many others.

In certain circumstances, for example a road traffic accident, a head injury can be caused by someone else’s negligence.

Read more about Brain Injuries and how Lavelle Partners can Help

There are a number of organisations in Ireland that support people affected by head and brain injuries:

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provide a variety of services to support and empower people affected by acquired brain injury, where 19,000 people in Ireland acquire a brain injury each year.

They provide a range of expert clinical services and supports specific to the needs of each person with a brain injury, with individually-designed rehabilitation plans that assist them in reaching their goals.

Headway Ireland

Headway Ireland are an internationally accredited organisation and a registered charity who provide services in the community to people affected by a brain injury, including stroke. Headway provide rehabilitation and specialist support services for people living with Acquired Brain Injury.

For Further Information

For further information or should you need to speak to a solicitor about making a claim following a Brain Injury as result of medical negligence in Ireland, please contact Avril Scally, Partner or Nicholas Moore, Solicitor in our award-winning Medical Negligence Team.