The “Silent Epidemic”of Brain Injuries

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson on the subject of the “silent epidemic” of brain injuries and their two major causes–motor vehicle collisions and falls.


JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, why are brain injuries referred to as a “Silent Epidemic“?

DON: Joel, traumatic brain injuries affect over a million Americans each year, and some of these injuries change the way individuals think, feel, and interact with others. Two of the most common causes of these injuries are motor vehicle crashes and falls. Brain injuries are often called the Silent Epidemic” because the disability can be almost invisible, and is often not diagnosed or fully appreciated.  Many brain injury survivors do not get adequate follow up treatment and assistance. Survivors usually look okay on the outside, but may never be the same again on the inside. Because of that, representing people with brain injuries takes special expertise on the part of attorneys.

JOEL: Thanks, Don. If you have a legal question or for a copy of How the Law Works, visit The Law and You is a public service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.

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