Annual Bakersfield walk brings awareness to traumatic brain injuries

February 24, 2015 | 9:58 am


Each year, about 2.4 million children and adults in the United States suffer from a traumatic brain injury and another 795,000 people sustain an acquired brain injury from non-traumatic causes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Currently, more than 5.3 million children and adults in the United States live with a lifelong disability as a result of traumatic brain injury. And in California alone, more than 350,000 Californian live with brain injury, which is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States that affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities and incomes.

“Chances are that you have a family member, friend, or business colleague who has sustained a brain injury, whether it was a traumatic injury from a sports concussion, fall, or motor vehicle accident, or an acquired injury from a stroke, brain tumor or aneurysm,” according the Brain Injury Association of California.

In an effort to raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries throughout Bakersfield and Kern County, the Brain Injury Association of California will host its eighth annual signature “Walk, Run & Ride for Brain Injury” on March 7 at Pioneer Village, 3801 Chester Ave.

The event brings people together to recognize the individuals living with brain injury, and remember those who were lost.

The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to support the Brain Injury Association of California and the upcoming “Walk, Run & Ride for Brain Injury.” In fact, the lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have extensive experience dealing with personal injury cases involving traumatic brain injuries, and have successfully obtained millions of dollars on behalf of victims.

Those who suffer brain injuries experience significant change in their otherwise normal lives; they may no longer be able to work, and some may even require around-the-clock support. Treating brain injuries may require multiple surgeries, ongoing therapy or around-the-clock care. Chain | Cohn | Stiles can step in and help when that burden is due to the fault of someone else.

According to Brain Injury Association of California, is the most misdiagnosed, misunderstood and underfunded type of injury/disease. Though advances in neurosurgery and research have saved thousands of lives, without appropriate level of specialized rehabilitation, many victims will not achieve their maximum outcome.

The “Walk, Run & Ride for Brain Injury” also helps raise funds for education, advocacy and prevention of traumatic brain injury.

If you’d like to join Chain | Cohn | Stiles and hundreds of others in Kern County to support the event, click here to register, sponsor, join a team, donate, or for more information.

“Brain injury is not an event or a final outcome; it is the beginning of a lifelong disease process and is a leading cause of death and disability,” according to the Brain Injury Association of California. “Brain injury is something most individuals don’t think about until it happens to them or someone they love. When it does, their lives quickly spin out of control and they need compassionate, informed guidance to navigate the intricate system of care. Our mission is to provide this guidance through help, hope and healing.”

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If you or a loved one suffer from a traumatic brain injury at the fault of someone else, call the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at 661-323-4000 or visit the website Chainlaw.com. For more information on traumatic brain injury cases, click here.