At http://www.tbirecovery.org/Intro.html I found the following information:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States. Each year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI. That’s 8 times the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer and 34 times the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS each year. As a consequence:
- 50,000 people die each year.
- 230,000 people are hospitalized annually and survive.
- 80,000 to 90,000 people experience the onset of long-term disability each year.
The cumulative result is that today an estimated 5.3 million people – 2% of the U.S. population – are living with a permanent TBI-related disability.
That’s a lot of people…