“This figure is troubling enough,” Heisler said, “but when you add to it the number of family members and friends and employers who are affected by one person’s traumatic brain injury, the total really becomes staggering.”
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) March 30, 2014
On March 14, 2014, the mid-point of Brain Injury Awareness Month, H.R. 4251 was introduced by Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Penn.). Citing the growing numbers of military personnel returning from Afghanistan with brain injuries, as well as accidents due to texting while driving and sports-related TBIs, the National Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Treatment Improvement Act of 2014 proposes to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a national system to gather and analyze statistics on the incidence of brain injury in the U.S.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, 2.4 million Americans suffer a brain injury each year. “This figure is troubling enough,” Heisler said, “but when you add to it the number of family members and friends and employers who are affected by one person’s traumatic brain injury, the total really becomes staggering.”
The brain injury surveillance system would coordinate data from numerous federal agencies and departments, as well as state health organizations, clinicians and researchers.
“I know from my work with people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in an accident on the highway or at the jobsite that it takes a team of professionals from various disciplines to help a TBI victim live with a brain injury. I certainly think this team approach in data collection and research will greatly enhance our understanding of brain injury and result in a better outcome for brain injury patients and their families,” said Heisler.
The bill was assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for initial consideration and possible referral to the House or Senate as a whole.
About Steven H. Heisler, The Injury Lawyer
Steven H. Heisler has helped many families in Maryland and the District of Columbia obtain compensation to assist with therapy and care following a brain injury caused by a negligent driver, employer or nursing home. For more information, call (410) 625-4878.