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Brain injury in the UK

Neurological conditions result from damage to the brain, spinal columns or peripheral nerves.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are sudden onset brain injuries that occur following an initial trauma caused by an outside force, such as a fall or RTA. Subsequent complications can affect the severity of the damage, including swelling and pressure in the brain and hypoxia.

TBI can affect a patient’s behaviour, cogitation and physical capabilities to differing degrees and in some instances may be ‘a hidden disability’ when a patient appears normal yet has considerable problems. Some problems are life-threatening, affect the patient’s quality of life and can develop into a permanent disability.

People with TBI can require differing levels of support from a wide range of services including:

  • Health

  • Social services

  • Employment

  • Benefits

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Education

Access to these services and the degree of need can vary over a brain injury sufferer’s lifetime and entitlements can sometimes be challenging to obtain. The system can be demoralising for both the brain injury survivor and their families, and advice and support navigating all areas ranging from rehabilitation and continuing care through to compensation may have a life changing impact.

Number of UK brain injury cases per year [1]

  • Severe: 10-20,000 [2]

  • Moderate injury: 15-20,000

  • Mild injury: 250-300,000

  • New and sustained disability amongst adults resulting from head injury: 100-150,000

The facts and figures

  • Last decade, there were 163,748 recorded diagnosis of traumatic brain injury’s in the UK.[3]

  • Overall annual incidents of TBI is approximately 300 per 100,000 of the population.[4]

  • Every 90 seconds, someone is admitted for an acquired brain injury.[5]

  • It is estimated that at present, there are 135,000 people in the UK living with long term brain injury problems.[6]

  • 30% of Head Injury patients attending A&E each year are children under 15 years.[7]

  • Each year, 200,000 children have an Acquired Brain Injury.

  • Men are twice as likely to be treated for a brain injury than a woman.

  • Groups most at risk of TBI: 15 – 24 year old males and over 80 year olds.

[1] The Neurological Alliance ‘Neuro Numbers: a brief review of the numbers of people in the UK with a neurological condition’

[2] Headway – Brain injury key facts and statistics

[3] Between 2000 – 2010

[4] Carol a Hawley ‘Return to Driving after Head Injury’ (2001)

[5] Headway – Brain injury key facts and statistics

[6] The Neurological Alliance ‘Neuro Numbers’

[7] The Neurological Alliance ‘Neuro Numbers’

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