Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability for both adults and children in the United States. According to the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida, 1.4 million Americans sustain TBI each year; about 50,000 die, 235,000 are hospitalized, and 1.1 million are treated and released. But often those treated and released have sustained injuries that were not properly recognized, and their injuries go undiagnosed for too long.
What is TBI?
A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, jolt, or other injury to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The most common causes of TBI are falls, vehicle accidents, and being struck by or against an object. Vehicular accidents are the leading cause of TBI resulting in hospitalization or a visit to the ER.