Brain Injury Awareness Month
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Here are some facts about TBI from the Brain Injury Association of America:
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump
to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts
the normal function of the brain.
• 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a
TBI in the U.S. each year. 5.3 million individuals live
with life-long disability as a result of TBI.
• 52,000 people will die. 275,000 people will be
hospitalized. 1.365 million people will be treated and
released from an emergency department.
• TBI is are caused by caused by falls (35%); car crashes
(17%), workplace accidents (16%), assaults (10%),
and other causes (21%).
• TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all
injury-related deaths in the United States.
• About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are
concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain
Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two brain
injuries are exactly alike. For some, brain injury is the
start of a lifelong disease process. The injury requires
access to a full continuum of medically necessary
treatment and community-based supports furnished
by interdisciplinary teams of qualified and specialized
clinicians working in accredited programs and
• The costs to treat brain injuries are staggering:
• Average hospital-based acute rehab is about
$8,000 per day
• Range for post-acute residential is about $850 to
$2,500 per day
• Day treatment programs (e.g., 4 hours of therapy)
are about $600 to $1,000 with no room/board
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, in the U.S., direct medical costs and
indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity,
totaled an estimated $76.3 billion each year.
"Since anyone can sustain a brain injury at any time, it is
important for everyone to have access to comprehensive
rehabilitation and ongoing disease management. Doing so
eases medical complications, permanent disability, family
dysfunction, job loss, homelessness, impoverishment,
medical indigence, suicide and involvement with the
criminal or juvenile justice system. Access to early,
comprehensive treatment for brain injury also alleviates the
burden of long term care that is transferred to tax
payers at the federal state and local levels."
(Dr. Brent Masel, National Medical Director
for the Brain Injury Association of America)
Common traumatic brain injuries include:
- Intracranial bleeding
- Fractured skull
- Retinal bleeding
- Loss of smell, taste or hearing
- Headaches or a feeling of throbbing or pressure in the head
- Changes in memory
- Comprehension or memory issues
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Feeling sluggish, groggy, foggy, or hazy
- Double or blurry vision
The brain can be injured in an accident. Injuries can range from severe, such as a skull fractured or bleeding in the brain, to a mild concussion that resolves over days, weeks or months. The brain is a complex and vital organ that shapes who we are. It allows us to understand questions and solve intricate problems. It produces our emotions while crafting our personalities and it helps us to live on both a biological and spiritual level. If the brain should experience damage then the essence of who we are could be lost forever. This is why traumatic brain injuries can cause grave damage to the lives of victims and their families.
If you or someone you love was injured by a traumatic brain injury, contact the experienced Maine traumatic brain injury attorneys of Briggs & Wholey today. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation to brain injured patients throughout Maine.