10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Brain Injuries

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According to Toronto Rehab, 50,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries each year, and incidence rates are rising. The consequences of a brain injury to the affected individual, their family members, friends and the community are significant. We hope that by sharing these facts we’ll help spread public awareness about brain injuries.

1.       The annual incidence of TBI is greater than that of Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer combined. www.onf.org

2.       Automobile accidents account for more than 50 per cent of all TBI.

3.       TBI is the leading killer and disabler of Canadians under the age of 40.

4.       More than 11,000 Canadians die each year as a result of TBI.

5.       You don’t have to be knocked unconscious to sustain a brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), also known as concussion, can damage your brain at the cellular level.

6.       Young males are twice as likely as females to sustain a brain injury; though in the elderly, the numbers are about the same.

7.       After one brain injury, you are at three times greater risk for a second brain injury and eight times greater for other bodily injuries.

8.       Injury is the leading killer of Canadian children and youth. 50 per cent of all deaths from injury are from brain injuries. www.thinkfirst.ca

9.       Thirty per cent of all traumatic brain injuries are sustained by children and youth, many of them while participating in sports and recreational activities

10.   A study has found that more than half of Toronto’s homeless population has a TBI. Even more concerning, for 70 percent of those surveyed, the first TBI occurred before becoming homeless.www.torontorehab.com

When you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury in an accident, you can count on our team to seek the benefits you need for medical treatments, rehabilitation and financial assistance.