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National Concussion Awareness Day: Why It Matters

National Concussion Awareness Day is on September 15th, 2023. Healthcare practitioners, personal injury attorneys, parents, and teachers will join hands in a unique event to discuss mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). The event aims to highlight the importance of baseline-testing, signs, and symptoms, emotional consequences, and social repercussions of mTBI. This year, the event will mark its seventh anniversary, and it has been recognized by the United States Congress.  

Concussions are a significant issue in personal injuries, but they are also ubiquitous in sports and other fields. People can suffer concussions from a fall, a car accident, or even a physical assault. A mTBI can cause a range of symptoms, including memory loss, headache, confusion, and dizziness.

As an attorney, you will come across cases where a client has suffered a concussion, and you’re called upon to help them get compensation for their damages. To do that, you’ll need to understand what concussions are, their symptoms, and their long-term impact on the victim’s life. Participating in National Concussion Awareness Day can help you stay informed about these issues. You’ll learn about the latest research, policies, and guidelines that impact your cases. Find out more at Brain Injury Association of America’s Legal Resource Center.

Attorneys can play a crucial role in advocating for concussion awareness and prevention. You represent individuals and families impacted by concussions. Therefore, in this capacity, you can raise awareness about the dangers of untreated concussions and advocate for better prevention measures in sports, schools, and workplaces. Attorneys can also use their legal expertise to support concussion research, initiate litigation against organizations that fail to protect individuals against concussion, and lobby for changes in laws and policies to address the concussion crisis better.

National Concussion Awareness Day can also help you to connect with healthcare professionals and experts who can help you navigate the complex issues surrounding concussions. Whether you’re dealing with a case of negligence or someone who was assaulted, knowing the right medical professionals can be vital in winning your case.

Teaching trial advocacy skills is another reason why National Concussion Awareness Day is relevant to attorneys. With proper training, attorneys can teach others how to identify concussion symptoms in their clients, as well as how to establish cause and liability. As a legal professional, you have a unique opportunity to share knowledge and educate others about the importance of concussions and their possible consequences.

There are many groups focused on educating attorneys on traumatic brain injuries, how to identify, litigate, and get the compensation your client deserves. Groups such as Connectionology, BIAA’s TBIMedLegal and national organizations like AAJ all have conferences focused on TBI education.

Connectionology, which was founded by the legendary John Romano, Esq., has several educational TBI webinars on YouTube that can help broaden your TBI knowledge: Imaging Findings in TBI Part 1 & Part 2, Uncovering the Injury and Future Damages, and How to Use the Discovery Process to Sideline the Defense’s TBI Experts are just a few that they have available. More can be found at Connectionology YouTube Channel. BIAA’s TBIMedLegal video site has many, many more TBI focused webinars to learn from as well! 

Every year in the United States, millions of individuals suffer from mTBIs, also known as concussions. These injuries often occur as a result of accidents, sports, or other activities. However, unless properly diagnosed and treated, concussion symptoms can lead to long-term physical, cognitive and emotional issues, with serious consequences that can impact every aspect of an individual’s life.

National Concussion Awareness Day should be a reminder for legal professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest developments in mild traumatic brain injury cases. It’s an opportunity to network with healthcare professionals, learn about the latest research and policies, and collaborate with experts in the field. It’s also an excellent opportunity to sharpen your trial advocacy skills with the wealth of webinars and yearly conferences and teach others how to identify concussion symptoms and establish liability. As an attorney, your participation in National Concussion Awareness Day can make a difference in your legal career and the lives of your clients.

Last Updated: September 14, 2023