This blog has recently discussed the serious nature of brain injuries but it is also important for brain injury victims to understand what the costs of a brain injury are and what they can do about their losses. Brain injuries can take a lifetime to recover from and can be mild, moderate or severe which is why brain injury victims need to be familiar with personal injury legal protections to help them.
The cost of a brain injury can range with the severity of the injury and may cost up to $3 million for a severe traumatic brain injury; $941,000 for a moderate head injury; and $85,000 for a mild head injury. The total cost of care to treat a brain injury victim over a lifetime is estimated to be between $600,000 and $1.875 million. Brain injury costs include an estimated $31.7 billion in hospital costs each year and $9 to $10 billion in costs for acute and rehabilitative care for brain injury victims. The total costs of brain injuries annually is estimated at $48.3 million.
Brain injuries can be costly in many different ways including physically, financially and emotionally. In addition to the medical expenses and ongoing medical treatment that is sometimes required, brain injury victims may be unable to work while they recover. Brain injuries cost victims and their families more than medical care and lost wages because they also cost communities and society in lost productivity and social services costs. Brain injuries can also make everyday activities challenging for victims and can result in mood and personability disruptions that can take a toll on the victim’s relationships and personal life.
Brain injuries can be suffered in car accidents and other types of accidents because of negligent drivers and others. Because of the extensive physical, financial and emotional costs of brain injuries, it is crucial for brain injury victims to be familiar with the legal protections available to them. A personal injury claim for damages can help them recover compensation for the different types of damages they have suffered.