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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. The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA) is a non-profit organization focused on creating a better future for individuals with brain injury and/or spinal cord injury by locating and obtaining needed services. BIALA strives to be the leading statewide provider of information, resources and services for individuals with a brain injury and/or spinal cord injury, their families and caregivers. Our commitment to the general public is to provide prevention awareness to mitigate the risk of injury and reduce the incidence of injury statewide. BIALA unites survivors of a brain injury and/or spinal cord injury, families of survivors, healthcare providers, educators and those who support prevention education and injury awareness through the provision of free resources, information and services.
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.
BIALA at 8325 Oak Street, New Orleans, La 70118