Brand new research by brain injury charity Headway has revealed a staggering 24% increase in the number of women admitted to hospital with a head injury.
The statistics show that in 2005-06, there was a total of 49,756 hospital admissions for female head injuries. By 2013-14, this figure had risen to 61,701.
Headway released the results of the study during Action for Brain Injury Week, an annual event aimed at raising public awareness of brain injury – which is more common that a lot of people realise. Using hospital admission statistics, Headway was able to paint the first complete picture of how many people in the UK are treated in hospital for brain injuries.
Although men are 1.6 more times likely to sustain a brain injury, the dramatic rise in female brain injury admissions is extremely worrying. Headway is calling for urgent research into why there has been such an alarming increase as the exact reasons are unknown.
What Else do the New Brain Injury Statistics Reveal?
Headway discovered a 10% overall increase in brain injury hospital admissions over the last 10 years and that somebody is admitted to hospital for a brain injury every 90 seconds.
Last year, 348.934 people were admitted to hospital for an acquired brain injury – that’s 566 people per 100,000 of the population.
More information is available on the Headway website, here.
Headway expressed concern with the findings and stressed that people admitted to hospital with a brain injury “face an arduous battle to rebuild their lives and relearn the skills most of us take for granted, including walking and talking.”
Slater and Gordon are Proud to Support Headway
Headway provides free advice and support to people with head or brain injuries, and their families and carers.
Staff from our offices around the country work closely with Headway and help with fundraising events and days out for Headway’s service users. We are supporting Action for Brain Injury Week, including the ‘Hats for Headway Day’ where people are invited to wear a hat to work and raise funds to help people with brain injuries who Headway work so hard to help.
We are proud to work so closely with Headway and support the excellent work that they do.
Ken Brough is a senior personal injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have a team of expert Serious Injury Solicitors that specialise in brain injury compensation claims and offer a free consultation.
Call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online to discuss your claim.