In the wake of the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day following the explosions, many experienced physical injuries that were treated at the hospital. However, whether or not an individual was hospitalized, he or she may have sustained head trauma by falling, experiencing a blow to the head, or just being near the blast.
Symptoms of brain injury include dizziness, vomiting, headaches, confusion, memory loss, and trouble sleeping. Our organization offers a variety of resources including but not limited to: counselors, neurologists and neuropsychologists, rehabilitative facilities, and physical, occupational and speech therapists.
Speak with someone in our Information and Resources Department by calling our toll-free help line at 1-800-242-0030, or visit www.biama.org.
“Brain injuries following a blast or explosion may not be evident immediately, but felt in the days, weeks and months following a blast,” says BIA-MA Executive Director Arlene Korab. “However severe, blast-related brain injuries may leave you with a long road to recovery. It is important to be familiar with the signs of brain injury and you may want to know where to turn next. BIA-MA is prepared to help those who suffered head trauma, their loved ones and healthcare professionals by providing information and resources. We extend our deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon.”
Keep the following tips in mind over the next few weeks and months if you or your loved one was in the vicinity of the blasts:
- Be watchful. Keep an eye on someone who was near the blasts when they occurred, even if the person seemed fine immediately following the incident.
- Know the symptoms. Dizziness, vomiting, headaches and confusion are some signs that a person could have a brain injury and needs to be taken to the emergency room.
- Look for changes. Any sudden changes in the severity or type of symptoms, or in the person’s behavior can be a sign that he or she needs medical attention.
- Know the risk factors. Be especially wary if the injured person has been drinking alcohol, is a young athlete, elderly or on blood thinners. When in doubt, take the person to the hospital.
- Above all, seek medical attention if you experience any of the symptoms listed above or just feel “off.”
BIA-MA offers information and resources on brain injury services to survivors, families, and professionals in the field. BIA-MA can connect you with the most appropriate medical and rehabilitative professionals and services. In addition, we have 33 support groups around the Commonwealth to offer ongoing support to victims, family members and caregivers. For more information, call our toll-free help line at 1-800-242-0030, or visit www.biama.org.