Facts and Stats on Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a contributing factor to a substantial number of deaths and permanent disabilities each year. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating injury to the head. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” to “severe.” Effects of TBI can last for just a few days, or they can be permanent.
According to the CDC, in 2014, there were 2.87 million ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths related to TBI, with 837,000 of these among children. According to data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 54% increase in TBI-related emergency department visits, but an 8% decrease in TBI-related hospitalizations and a 6% decrease in death rates between 2006 and 2014.
TBI injuries result from a number of causes. As of 2014, falls were the leading cause of TBIs, resulting in over almost half – 48 percent – of TBI-related emergency department visits each year. TBI rates from falls were highest for children aged 0 to 17 years and for older adults. Motor vehicle-related injuries were the second leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations, and were the leading cause of TBI-related death for those aged 15-34 and those over 75. 
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