Making a fortune in the computer industry so you can buy a football team is one version of the 21st-century American dream. For Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft and currently owns the Seattle Seahawks, providing funding for brain injury research is also important — especially now that medical science and the public have become aware of the dangers of head traumas, including the repeated concussions suffered by many football players.
Allen is giving $2.37 million to the University of Washington and his own Allen Institute for Brain Science to study the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). About 1.5 million people in the United States sustain a TBI each year after slip and fall accidents, auto crashes, assaults or blows to the head. Some of these accidents are fatal. Others may result in permanent TBI-related disabilities. TBIs can cause:
Physical problems, such as headaches, blurred vision, loss of balance and sleep disturbances
Cognitive problems that affect memory and concentration
Emotional problems, including depression, irritability, mood changes, aggression and suicidal thoughts
Medical treatment for TBIs has improved, but much still remains unknown, which is why investing in brain injury research is so crucial.
If you are dealing with the consequences of a TBI that resulted from the negligence of another party, it is also crucial that you get the best legal representation possible. Finding a New Mexico personal injury lawyer with TBI case experience is the first step toward getting the compensation you deserve.