Brain Injury Explained – leaflet
Click the link above to download Headway UK’s ‘Brain Injury Explained’ leaflet.
An acquired brain injury, or ABI, refers to any injury caused to the brain since birth.
A brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time and can be caused by trauma (for example following a road traffi c collision, fall or assault), stroke, tumour, haemorrhage, infection, or lack of oxygen.
We all think ‘it will never happen to me’, but each year around 350,000 people in the UK are admitted to hospital with an ABI. That’s one every 90 seconds. The majority of these people will need some form of support or rehabilitation.
Headway works to improve life after brain injury, helping people to relearn lost skills and regain a degree of independence while providing support to families and carers. We do this through the provision of a range of frontline services that are available at every stage of the journey – from supporting families at the bedside through to helping people rebuild their lives.