A traumatic brain injury is the result of damage to the brain that happens when an impact occurs that causes a collision of the brain and skull. The effects of brain injury can range from mild to severe and treatment can amass huge medical bills.
Mild is a typical concussion when head impact is hard enough to cause quick head and brain movement, creating an interruption in the normal function of brain cells. The medical definition of concussion is that this condition is “mild” as it is not normally deadly but can have serious implications.
A severe TBI that is not fatal will find victims with serious symptoms in both cognitive and motor functions.
Common Causes of TBI
The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries is a blow to the head which results from someone falling. The second most common cause is an automobile accident. Other causes include being struck from behind and assault.
According to estimates, 1.7 million people suffer from TBI every year. Recent reports show there are over 5.3 million people in the United States with a disability resulting from TBI. Personal Injury attorneys can help you or your loved one assert your rights if you’ve suffered from a TBI because of an auto accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident or on the job accident.
Medical Bills for TBI
The effects of brain injury in terms of medical costs are very high. An average hospital stay is over nine days and may include a rehabilitation center to further your recovery. Stays can last as long as three months.
- Initial hospital stay
- Rehabilitation center
- Need for continued medical treatment at home
- Indirect costs due to loss of income
According to estimates, the first year of care for a TBI patient is over $151,000. These costs will normally fall to the victim’s family. A personal injury lawyer can help you or your family when someone you love has suffered or is suffering from TBI.
Insurance companies are often reluctant to pay a sufficient amount to really cover all of the medical expenses and treatment involved with a victim of TBI. Attorneys are experienced in dealing with TBI cases and know the steps you’ll need to take in order to get the compensation you and your family deserve.