March has been designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Brain Injury Association's website presents a number of facts that underscore the gravity of the issue and how you can help:
- - In the United States, 2.4 million people including 475,000 children sustain a brain injury each year.
- - About 5.3 million people in the United States live with lifelong disabilities as a result of brain injury.
- - The most common causes of brain injuries are falls (35 percent), car accidents (17 percent), workplace accidents (16 percent) and assaults (10 percent).
- - About 30.5 percent of all injury-related fatalities in the United States are attributed to traumatic brain injuries.
- - The average hospital-based acute rehabilitation costs are between $850 and $2,500 per day. Day treatment programs could cost between $600 and $1,000.
- - Direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI such as lost productivity adds up to about $76.3 billion each year.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), along with our champions on Capitol Hill, Congressional Brain Injury Task Force co-chairs Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), is pleased to announce that Brain Injury Awareness Day will be held on Wednesday March 12, 2014. BIAA is committed to helping the Brain Injury Task Force plan a successful event.