The Costs of Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury

Auto Accident Blackburn & Green - March 10, 2016

Medical scan of human brain injuryAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 275,000 people are hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. Of that number, almost a third are left with a lifelong disability.

A TBI may require years of treatment and the cost of care for the patient can be astronomical. When the TBI was caused by someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit or settlement can go a long way to alleviate some of these costs.

Treating a TBI

TBI patients often require significant amounts of care in order to recover. After a brain injury, a hospital will perform multiple scans and surgery may be needed to stop intracranial bleeding. Specialists like neurologists are often consulted, and people who are too injured to care for themselves will often require teams of nurses and physicians.

The average hospital stay for a patient with a TBI is nine days but may be much longer depending on the severity of the injury. Some patients have to remain in a residential treatment center for months after their injury, which can cost thousands of dollars per day.

Once a patient returns home, he or she will often need specialized medical equipment in order to care for him or herself or may require live-in assistance. The injured person may also need to continue attending neurological or physical rehabilitation and may be required to take prescription medications for the rest of his or her life.

Finally, the injured person may never be able to return to work or may only be able to work part-time or in a certain capacity. Combined with the additional medical bills, the loss of income can be a serious financial burden on the injured person and his or her family.

Costs of Treatment

All of the costs listed above add up quickly. While most of these costs occur during the first 18 months following a TBI, some costs will continue for years after.

The cost of treatment for a TBI will always depend on the severity of the injury. According the CDC’s estimates, people who do not need physical therapy or rehabilitation after a brain injury still have medical costs that average $17,893. When rehabilitation is involved, the costs skyrocket.

The CDC estimates that a person who suffers a mild TBI and requires rehabilitation can expect to spend around $85,000 to treat his or her injury. A patient whose TBI is classified as moderate will spend about $941,000 in care over the course of his or her life, while a person with the most severe brain injury can expect his or her costs to top $3 million.

Most people will never have the resources to pay for this type of treatment without help. This is why it is so important for injured people and their families to contact an attorney after an accident that results in a brain injury. By filing a lawsuit against the person who caused the injury, these families can get the help they need to care for their loved one.

At Blackburn & Green, our attorneys help injured people and their families seek the compensation they need to treat their injuries. If you or your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury after an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, schedule a free consultation at one of our 27 Indiana locations. Call (800) 444-1112 or (260) 422-4400 today to start getting the help you need to recover.

Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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