Brain Injury Statistics in America
Brain injury statistics in America are staggering. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, over 4,000 individuals suffer a traumatic brain injury or TBI every day in the United States. That amounts to over 1.5 million people a year that will suffer a traumatic brain injury in this country alone. Around one million people are treated and released every year from hospital emergency rooms after they have suffered a TBI. Brain injuries cause 235,000 Americans to be hospitalized every year. Brain injuries cause 50,000 deaths annually and leave over 80,000 people with long-term disabilities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 5.3 million Americans living with disabilities sustained through brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury occurs every 21 seconds. Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in young adults and children. Brain injuries are a leading cause of physical disabilities, as well as cognitive, behavioral, mental, and emotional disorders and disabilities. The costs of treating brain injuries and the resulting disabilities are in excess of $35 billion each year. Severe brain injury patients will need to spend between five and ten years in intensive rehabilitation therapies.
The leading causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- 28% due to falls
- 20% due to motor vehicle accidents
- 19% due to head striking against an object or being hit
- 11% due to assault