The month of March is dedicated nationwide to making people more aware of the dangers of brain injuries. The Brain Injury Association of America says that during Brain Injury Awareness Month, it wants to make sure that everyone understands that "individuals who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, lifelong disease management and individualized services and supports in order to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives. "
Thirty-five percent of brain injuries are caused in falls, with another 17 percent caused in car accidents, 16 percent in workplace accidents, 10 percent in assaults and 21 percent sustained in other ways.
What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? It's a jolt, blow or bump to the head, or penetrating injury, that disrupts normal brain functions.
Over 1.7 million people across the U.S., including nearly half a million children, sustain TBI annual. Over three million people live with lifelong disabilities caused by traumatic brain injuries.
Each year, 275,000 people are hospitalized with TBI and 1,000 people per week die of their brain injuries.
Nearly 1.4 million people a year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for TBI.
The cost to treat TBI is shocking:
- Hospital-based acute rehabilitation is, on average, about $8,000 per day
- Post-acute residential care ranges from $850 to $2,500 per day
- Day treatment programs range from $600 to $1,000 per day, without room and board
It's no wonder why people who have suffered TBI because of someone else's negligence are compelled to turn to the legal system. There's no good reason why the person who suffered the injury at someone else's hands should be forced to bear the financial burden.
Source: BIAUSA.org: "Brain Injury Awareness Month," March 2012