2014 Brain Injury Awareness Fact Sheet

Facts About Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Traumatic brain injuries affect the young, the elderly and anyone of any age in between, along with their family. This is harm done to the brain in various types of incidences or accidents that can change the person’s life permanently or for a short duration. It is the type of incident that involves the head being jolted, impacted or even penetrated, which are described as closed head or penetrating head injuries. March was Brain Injury Awareness Month, and many people faced with this condition or the family caring for a loved one suffering this type of harm to the brain are a part of statistical data.

The current facts available through statistics and other data include:

  • Approximately 2.4 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) annually. This includes about 475,000 children.
  • In the United States there are 5.3 million individuals living with permanent disabilities from TBI harm.
  • Approximately 52,000 people may die from TBI related conditions and there will be about 275,000 people hospitalized. Out of this number about 1.365 million people will be treated in hospital emergency rooms and released for head injuries.
  • Traumatic head injuries in the United States are a contributing factor in one-third (30.5 %) of injury related deaths.
  • The numbers of TBI harm data shows that about 35 percent of this harm occurs during falls, 17 percent occur during car accidents, 16 percent of these injuries occur in workplace accidents, 10 percent happen during an assault and another 21 percent occur in other various ways.
  • Approximately 75 percent of TBI’s every year are related to concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.

What the Numbers Prove

The numbers that are included in the data involving TBI’s prove that millions of people have sustained this kind of harm to their brain that results in a change in their life, lifestyle and all other areas. The numbers also show that a relatively small number out of the 2.4 million people sustaining this type of harm annually in the United States are treated and released from hospital emergency rooms. What this proves is that suffering this kind of harm is not like other injuries that can be treated immediately and will heal within a short amount of time, like that of a cut needing stitches or broken bone.

The person dealing with this type of condition will require care in many cases by family members, therapy and rehabilitation just to be able to cope with the changes in their life. In other cases it may be possible for the person to recover to an extent that they will be able to resume some of the activities they did prior to being hurt. The ongoing symptoms of the condition often is the major factor in changing the person’s life, since it can include severe headaches, loss of memory both short term and long term, in some cases the person can become more aggressive and they may have issues with being around people other than their family. These are just a few of the issues the person with a brain injury may deal with on a daily basis.

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Brain Injury Awareness: http://www.biausa.org/brain-injury-awareness-month.htm