What are Traumatic Brain Injury Risks?

About 1.7 million cases of Traumatic Brain Injury occur in the United States every year.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is increasingly prevalent in the United States, and is a true risk for those who operate and ride in motorized vehicles, as well as those who participate in sports or other physically strenuous or recreational activities. As the name implies, TBI can be incredibly difficult for the injured, their family, and their friends to properly treat, come to terms with, and conquer – especially since the effects can be long-lasting. In fact, approximately 5.3 million people live with a disability caused by TBI in the United States alone.

However, there are many different resources available to those who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and are healing. The number and variety of hospitals, rehabilitation programs, healthcare professionals, medications, technologies, and tools create unlimited possibilities for recovery. The main goal, then, of recovery is maximum independent functionality.

Due to the disparity between individuals who suffer from TBI, no two cases can be judged against one another. As a result, recovery is different for everyone and the capacity for independent functionality differs for each individual. Thus, it is important that those who have a TBI have professional help in determining realistic goals and treatments.

Listed below is important information to know about the recovery process for TBI, as well as the available resources.

Sadly, there are about 235,000 hospitalizations for TBI every year, and the costs are extreme. In fact, the annual direct and indirect TBI costs are estimated at $48 to $56 billion. Thus, in addition to doctors, hospitals, and programs, an attorney is an important member of a TBI patient’s recovery team.