Head Injury - General Information

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A brain injury is the second highest cause of disability. Brain injuries can happen to anyone of any age, gender, race or socioeconomic status. Limitations such as depression, confusion, speech impairment, memory loss, physical disability, and social isolation may prevent a person with a brain injury from caring for family or returning to work again. For those who survive, the injury is almost always life altering.

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. Of them: 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized and 1.365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an emergency department.

TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Report to Congress on mild traumatic brain injury in the United States: steps to prevent a serious public health problem. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003.

James Scott "Jim" Brady (August 29, 1940 August 4, 2014) was an assistant to the U.S. President and White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan. In 1981, Brady became permanently disabled from a gunshot wound during the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Brady became an ardent supporter of gun control as a result of this event.

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