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March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Updated March 8, 2021 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

The month of March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. “Brain Injury Awareness Month honors the millions of people with brain injuries, who with proper acute care, therapeutic rehabilitation and adequate long-term supports, are living with the successes and challenges that each day brings,” said Susan H. Connors, president and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Brain Injury Awareness

The Brain Injury Association of America’s mission is to be the voice of brain injury. Through advocacy, education and research, they bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Facts

A 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. Over 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a TBI in the United States each year. Approximately 3.1 million individuals live with life-long disability as a result of TBI.

TBIs are caused by falls (35 percent), car crashes (17 percent), workplace accidents (16 percent), and assaults (10 percent). Other causes contribute to 21 percent of injuries. They are a contributing factor to a third (30.5 percent) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

Costs Associated with TBIs

The costs to treat brain injuries are staggering:

  • Average hospital-based acute rehab costs about $8,000 per day
  • Range for post-acute residential costs about $850 to $2,500 per day
  • Day treatment programs (four hours of therapy) cost about $600 to $1,000, not including room and board

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, direct and indirect medical costs of TBIs in the United States total an estimated $76.3 billion each year.

Contact a Brain Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have suffered from a brain injury, contact the Indianapolis Brain Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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