Researchers are finding that it doesn’t take much to sustain a permanent disability due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Any jolt or blow to the head can lead to a brain injury and symptoms may not manifest themselves for days – or even years. This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled TBI the “Silent Epidemic.”
During Brain Injury Awareness Month, the CDC is emphasizing that whether a TBI is caused by a fall in the home or the playground, a car crash, or being struck by another person or an object, the outcome can be devastating and result in lifelong disability.
The CDC says that currently, some 3.5 million people live with a TBI in the U.S. and that some 1.7 people sustain a TBI each year. Approximately 52,000 people die annually as the result of brain injuries. According to the CDC, TBI is a contributing factor in almost one-third of all injury accident deaths in the country. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related death.