The Brain Injury Association of America has launched a campaign to educate the public about brain injuries. Charles Monnett III has over 20 years of experience handling brain injury claims.
According to the association’s website, the goal of this campaign is to help prevent brain injuries, foster research and education to help those affected by brain injury and bring hope and healing to millions of people in the United States who are living with a brain injury.
The Brain Injury Association describes a traumatic brain injury or TBI as a blow, jolt or bumps to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
The statistics compiled by this group are informative and powerful:
- In the United States, 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a TBI each year.
- 3.1 million individuals live with a lifelong disability as the result of a TBI.
- 52,000 people die and 275,000 people are hospitalized each year with brain injuries.
The main causes of TBIs are;
- Falls (35 percent)
- Car crashes (17 percent)
- Workplace accidents (16 percent)
- Assaults (10 percent)
- The average cost of hospital-based acute rehab costs $8,000 per day.
- The range for post-acute residential is about $850 to $2,500 per day.
- Day treatment programs such as physical and occupational therapy cost about $1,000 per day.
- The medical and other costs of TBI total an estimated $76.3 billion each year.
During the month of March, let us all resolve not only to spread awareness but also to support survivors and their families.