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Facts associated with traumatic brain injury

You never know when you could suffer a traumatic brain injury. For example, this could happen in a motor vehicle accident. It could also be the result of a slip and fall.

While nobody wants to suffer this type of injury, here is a statistic shared by the Family Caregiver Alliance: Every year, approximately 2.5 million people in the United States suffer this type of injury. Not only does this impact the person who is injured, but it puts a strain on his or her loved ones as well.

Here are some additional statistics regarding traumatic brain injury:

-- More than 5 million Americans currently live with a disability related to a brain injury.

-- Males are more likely to experience a traumatic brain injury.

-- There are many causes of traumatic brain injury, with the most common being falls, blunt trauma, motor vehicle accidents and violence.

-- Traumatic brain injury is a factor in 30.5 percent of all injury related fatalities in the United States.

-- The direct and indirect costs of traumatic brain injury, including things such as lost productivity, is estimated at $60 billion.

These facts should open your eyes as to how serious traumatic brain injuries can be. Even if you have never suffered this type of injury, there is a good chance you know somebody who has.

It is imperative to do whatever you can to avoid a brain injury, as this will have a negative impact on your life. If for any reason you think you have injured your brain, such as in a car accident, seek immediate medical attention.

Source: Family Caregiver Alliance, "Traumatic Brain Injury," accessed Dec. 22, 2015

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