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Brain Injury: The Silent Killer in America’s Youth

While HIV, cancer and autism have gained popularity as devastating killers of our youth and have spawned extensive federal government support, brain injury has remained a silent killer with little recognition of its devastating effects.

New York Traumatic Brain InjuryThe sad truth is that brain injury is the number one leading cause of death and disability in American youths, yet it remains hidden in the shadows of other medical conditions with little support.

The Hidden Statistics

Although there is a national plan for HIV/AIDS, autism, obesity and cancer, brain injury is still lacking the recognition it deserves as the leading cause of death in youths. Perhaps the reason for this lack of support is the lack of the recognition in the statistics:

  • Over 765,00 youths are admitted to the emergency room for brain injury each year.
  • More than 80,000 young American are hospitalized for brain injury each year.
  • There are more than 11,000 youth deaths each year related to brain injury.
  • More than 1,300 infants suffer a severe or fatal brain injury each year due to child abuse.

What these statistics reveal is that, when compared to other medical conditions, brain injury in our youth is a major public health crisis that has gone unnoticed. Less than $10 million is directed in research for brain injury in youth by the federal government, while more than $4 billion is directed to HIV/AIDS research.

The National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan)

The International Advisory Board of The Sarah Jane Brian Foundation has created the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan), a $2.9 billion, seven-year standardized, evidence-based system of care that is universally accessible for millions of Americans who have a child with a brain injury. The Plan does not require additional funding from Congress. However, Congress has yet to create an indefinite new federal program to take action.

Contact an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury due to the negligent actions of another individual, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information or to consult with an experienced New York brain injury lawyer, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.

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