Brain Injury Information
Serving Washington, D.C.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a very complex injury with a wide variety of symptoms and resulting problems and disabilities. Serious TBIs can be disastrous to a family as virtually every aspect of a person’s life is changed by the brain injury. Brain injuries can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe, and the effects range from mild to profound, depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury.
Acquired brain injury (ABI) includes not only TBI, but also hypoxic/anoxic brain injury, stroke, aneurysm ruptures and other hemorrhages (bleeds) in the brain that result from a non-traumatic cause. Click here for more information on Injuries to the Brain.
The BIADC is here to help and serve individuals who have suffered any type of brain injury and their families. With offices in the District of Columbia, a National organization, and affiliates in Maryland, and Virginia, someone is available to help you and your family.
If you, or someone you know, have suffered a brain injury, please call the Brain Injury Association of DC at 202-659-0122 and leave a message requesting information that is designed to help families just like yours. Please continue to read through the information on this website and visit our additional resources page for valuable resources.
In our country each year, at least 1.5 million Americans suffer some type of brain injury. Of those injured, 1 million are treated and released from our nation’s hospitals after their injury. Over 50,000 lives are lost each year from TBI, and 80,000 individuals are left with lifelong disabilities following their brain injury. A brain injury occurs every 23 seconds, and individuals with severe brain injury can expect years of intensive rehabilitation.
Over 5 million families are affected by brain injuries in the United States, and that number is only going to grow larger, because traumatic brain injury (TBI) has now been named the signature wound of the war in Iraq. For this reason, federal legislative advocacy has been working to improve TBI care for our veterans and returning service members, which should only improve the care available for all people with TBI.
Stroke, a non-traumatic type of brain injury, is the 3rd leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability. There are over 5,000,000 stroke survivors in the United States with approximately 700,000 new strokes occurring per year.