National Brain Injury Awareness

CDC is working with other organizations to find answers questions about traumatic brain injury (TBI):

  • How many people sustain traumatic brain injury each year?
  • What happens to traumatic brain injury survivors?
  • Are less severe brain injuries being missed?

Current estimates suggest that each year:

  • 50,000 Americans die with traumatic brain injury.
  • 1 230,000 Americans are hospitalized and survive these injuries.
  • 1 Nearly 1,000,000 seek emergency care for a TBI.
  • 80,000 to 90,000 people sustain TBI resulting in permanent disability.
  • $37 billion in direct and indirect costs are associated with TBI.

The CDC states that "We need better and more complete information on the incidence and impact of TBI."

(Source: Center For Disease Control,

Last Editorial Review: 9/19/2001 8:56:00 AM

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