BRAIN INJURY FACTS AND STATISTICS
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More than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) each year, but the total incidence is unknown.
An ABI is any injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a subset of ABI and is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force.
At least 2.5 million children and adults sustain TBIs in the U.S. each year: 2.2 million are treated in emergency departments for TBI each year.
280,000 are hospitalized for TBI each year.
50,000 die because of TBI each year.
The number of people who sustain TBIs and do not seek treatment is unknown.
Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a TBI.
One of every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a TBI-related disability.
Every day, 137 people in the U.S. die because of a TBI-related injury.
There are many causes of TBI: Falls – 40.5%
Struck by/against – 15.5%
Motor vehicle – 14.3%
Assaults – 10.7%
Unknown – 19%
At least 5.3 million Americans live with TBI-related disabilities.
When someone sustains a brain injury, many people are affected: Survivors and their parents, spouses, siblings, extended families, and friends
Healthcare providers, including surgeons, physicians, counselors, rehab therapists, social workers, and personal care attendants
Insurance companies that issue auto accident, individual, and group health, disability, life and re-insurance policies
Attorneys of all types, including those who handle personal injury, insurance and disability claims, civil rights/discrimination, domestic actions, wills, estates, and trusts
Educators at every level, but especially special education teachers and those who prepare America’s future healthcare workforce
Government agencies that administer health and social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), vocational rehab.
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