According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries cost Americans roughly $76.5 billion annually. That total cost includes emergency department visits, hospitalizations, deaths related to traumatic brain injuries, and indirect medical costs. But, that still begs the question, how can you accurately determine how much a brain injury will cost on an individual basis?
While there is no singular, fail-safe calculator for traumatic brain injury costs, there are ways to determine your anticipated expenses. And, if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or mistake, determining the value of your injury is of the utmost importance.
Why Are Brain Injuries So Costly?
If you ever knew someone who suffered a brain injury, then you know how debilitating and life-altering these types of incidents can be. Unlike other injuries, like broken bones or strained muscles, brain injuries can be extremely difficult to diagnose, treat, and overcome. Even if the injury itself is treated, the incident could have triggered lasting damage, affecting the way the brain functions for weeks, months, or years to come.
Because these types of injuries are so complex, it can be very expensive to treat brain injuries. The brain is an extremely intricate organ, and if it is jarred, punctured, or otherwise injured, the long-term effects can be catastrophic, which is why experts and teams of medical professionals are often required to treat these types of injuries.
Breaking Down the Costs
Brain injuries are expensive to treat, but the cost doesn’t end there. You’ll also need to consider ongoing care, future medications, doctor’s visits, specialist consultations, and more.
The long-term cost of a brain injury may include:
- Emergency room visit
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Specialist consultations
- Home modifications
- Vehicle modifications
- Medical devices and equipment (wheelchairs, etc.)
- Ongoing care (in-home nurse, care facility, etc.)
- Loss of wages
- Future loss of income
In addition to these financial losses, you should also consider the other ways in which a brain injury can impact you. Depending on the nature of the injury, the injured person’s memory, behavior, mobility, and sensation can become vastly different, or dulled. As a result, these changes can impact their relationships, quality of life, ability to return to daily life, ability to progress at work, or their self-sufficiency. Although these losses aren’t strictly monetary, they can certainly add to the overall cost in other ways.
Call (866) 675-4427 for Help With Your Brain Injury Case
If you were wrongfully injured, you have a right to fight for compensation from the liable party, but you must be able to determine what the long-term costs of your injury are in order to claim adequate compensation. Our firm is prepared to help you. We can assess your case, use our resources to determine the cost of your injury, and help you obtain maximum compensation.
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