As part of its goal to become the voice of brain injury and to make Americans aware of the millions of people across the nation who live with brain injury every day, the Brain Injury Association of American (BIAA) and its affiliates – as well as volunteers and affected families and individuals – are marking March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.
The BIAA is trying to make all Americans aware that brain injury does not discriminate and can happen to anybody at any time – making it essential that everyone have access to “comprehensive rehabilitation and ongoing disease management,” according to Dr. Brent Masel, national medical director for the BIAA.
He goes on to say that access to early comprehensive treatment “eases medical complications, permanent disability, family dysfunction, job loss, homelessness, impoverishment, medical indigence, suicide and involvement with the criminal or juvenile justice system.”
The statistics on traumatic brain injury (TBI) are staggering: 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, will sustain a TBI in the U.S. each year. As a result, 3.1 million live with a life-long disability due to TBI. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the direct and indirect costs of TBI add up to an estimated $76.3 billion a year. The average hospital-based rehab rate is nearly $8,000 per day.
The law firm of Farah & Farah agrees that early, comprehensive medical care is key for a person who suffers a traumatic brain injury. Improper diagnosis and care can lead to a lifetime of disability, overwhelming expense and even death. If your loved one suffered a TBI due to another person’s negligence, our brain injury attorneys in Florida are on call to answer your questions at (800) 533-3555.
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