Secondary Injuries Among Individuals with Disabilities

Currently, 40 to 50 million people in the United States live with various disabilities and this number is expected to increase substantially in the coming years. Individuals with disabilities are believed to face a higher injury risk than their healthy counterparts due to deficiencies in gait/motor control, impairments in mental processing, and an inability to adjust to their environment. Although limited in number, previous studies on injuries among individuals with disabilities have indicated that individuals with disabilities are at significantly increased risk for unintentional injuries. Therefore, there is critical need to better understand the factors that impact the occurrence of injuries among individuals with disabilities, to identify injury patterns, and to investigate the medical costs of these injuries.

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