Since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a booth here at the NASHIA conference, I availed myself of a few materials and found the following information:
Of the 1.4 million brain injuries that happen every year, children under 14 make up a third of those reported.
Many people believe motor vehicle accidents are the largest cause of TBIs, but more TBIs occur as a result of falls. The fall rate is highest for ages 0-4 and 75 and up.
Each year, an estimate 80,000 to 90,000 people are permanently disabled by a TBI. That means that every decade, these individuals could populate a city the size of Detroit.
Once you start to get your mind around these numbers, it is distressing to find out how difficult it is for a TBI survivor to access the services they need.
Click here to read an online version of the CDC’s “Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States“