- Anyone can be impacted by a TBI: car accident victims, athletes, domestic abuse victims, children, and soldiers. Young males between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest rate of injury.
- Auto accidents cause 50 percent of all brain injuries; falls account for 28 percent; assaults and violent acts 7 percent; and 15 percent other causes.
- More than one million children sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. In the U.S., traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children and adolescents.
- Every 21 seconds, one person in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury.
- 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Of those affected, 80,000 experience the onset of long-term disability,.
- Between 2002-2006, U.S. TBI rates were highest in children aged 0 to 4 years, in adolescents aged 15 to 19 years, and in adults aged 65 years and older.
- TBI rates are higher for males than females across every age group in the U.S.
- 5.3 million Americans – approximately two percent of the population – are living with a disability from a TBI.
- The total direct and indirect cost of TBI exceeds more than $76.5 billion per year in the U.S.
- Incidence of TBI in other industrialized countries is comparable to incidence in the U.S., approximately 150 to 300+ incidents per 100,000 people, .
Living with TBI
- Once a TBI occurs, medical treatment focuses on preventing further injury and promoting rehabilitation.
- TBI can have a debilitating impact on a person’s life, possibly necessitating daily living assistance.
- Long-term effects of TBI include functional changes that affect thinking, sensation, language and/or emotion, as well as physical changes that affect overall mobility and motor skills.
- TBI can cause epilepsy and increase the risk for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other brain disorders.
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