Brain injury is any injury to the brain that results in a disruption of the normal brain function. This can be caused by an illness, a blow or jolt to the head and lack of oxygen

Concussions are a type of brain injury.
In the US, falls are the leading cause of brain injury.
In Kentucky, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of brain injury.

How many people have brain injury?

Every 15 seconds, someone in the US sustains a brain injury. There are over 5.3 million American’s who live each day with brain injury.

One in 5 Kentucky families is affected by brain injury.
In 2007, one in every 200 Kentuckians will experience a traumatic brain injury as a result of a fall, motor vehicle crash, firearm, ATV crash, or other cause.

Who is at highest risk for a brain injury?

Males are twice as likely as females to sustain a brain injury.
People ages 15-24 and those over the age of 75 have the highest rates of brain injury.
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in young children.

What are the costs of brain injury?

Direct medical costs and indirect costs (such as lost productivity) totaled an estimated $73.5 billion in the US in 2002.

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