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Annual data of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S.

You surely know someone who has had a serious brain injury.

The author of this post had two relatives afflicted: One had a bicycle accident but his helmet failed him. Sadly, he was a practicing attorney whose mental capacity was never the same after the fall; the other relative had several concussions in car accidents.

Here’s some troubing data from the federal government.

Traumatic brain injury  (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States.  Each year,  traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases  of permanent disability. Recent data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7  million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually.

A TBI is caused by a  bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a  TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in  mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of  unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. The majority of TBIs that occur  each year are concussions  or other forms of mild TBI.

There’s so much to learn about traumatic brain injuries — and we’re going to educate you here at TampaBayBrainInjuryBlog.com.

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