According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury in this country each year. Severe brain injuries play a major role in about a third of all injury deaths, or about 52,000 fatalities annually.
The lives of those who survive traumatic brain injuries are often changed forever. Posing lengthy physical rehabilitation and the possibility for a greatly diminished quality of life, traumatic brain injuries can take a dire emotional toll on their victims and the victims’ families.
The financial costs of severe brain injuries can be just as daunting. Survivors may not be able to return to work full-time or at all. An estimated 80,000 people each year face long-term disability after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Studies have shown that lifetime medical care costs for survivors of a massive brain injury can reach as high as $4 million.
Financial Costs of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Other financial consequences from traumatic brain injuries:
- Medical treatments, rehabilitation, and on-going care costs for victims of traumatic brain injuries total between $30 billion and $60 billion each year in the United States
- According to the Brain Injury Association of America, the rehab costs for those suffering a major brain injury can be as high as $8,000 per day
The catastrophic financial challenges due to brain injuries can be documented. The mental harm to those who suffer a major brain injury and to their loved ones can’t be measured as easily, but may be just as devastating as any physical damage.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of deaths related to traumatic brain injury. Other causes include defective safety equipment, firearms, and medical errors. Those who suffer a traumatic brain injury due to the carelessness of others are entitled to compensation for their financial and emotional losses. An experienced attorney can help identify the responsible parties and obtain such compensation.