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The Cost of Severe Brain Injury

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Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Explains This Devastating Condition

Brain injury is like a silent epidemic that is depleting our nation of valuable human resources. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 5 million new people are diagnosed with brain injury every year in the United States. A full 40% of them are never able to work, go to school, or take care of their families again. Although the majority of brain injury patients do not require a hospital stay, many of them are forced to live with long-term consequences.

The statistics are astounding. An estimated 100,000 new brain injury patients die each year. Another 750,000 need hospitalization and 100,000 of them are never able to live a meaningful and productive life. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. An astounding 1.9 million patients are diagnosed with the so-called inconsequential injuries that, in fact, cause debilitating impairments over time and destroy their lives just as effectively as severe injuries. Talk to a personal injury lawyer to find out where and how to file a claim after a brain injury.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a head injury that disrupts the normal functions of the brain. It can be caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head, or when an object pierces the skull and damages the brain tissue. Mild brain injuries may result in a temporary change in mental state or consciousness. Moderate brain injuries may result in several days of altered brain function. Severe cases may result in long periods of unconsciousness, coma, and even death.

Studies have shown that falls are the leading cause of brain injuries. Children aged 0-4 years and adults aged 75 years or older are the most vulnerable to brain injuries resulting from falls. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatalities resulting from brain injuries – 31.8% of individuals who receive brain injuries in motor vehicles accidents end up dead within months. Brain injuries patients aged 65 or above have the highest rates of hospitalization and death.

Lifetime Costs of Severe Brain Injuries

The costs of medical care, rehabilitation, and other services can put a huge strain on the finances of an average income family. If the patient happens to be the sole breadwinner of the family, then the family may be driven to poverty within a few years. It is estimated that the average lifetime costs of keeping a severe brain injury patient alive and well cared for range from half a million dollars to $2 million. This is not counting the costs incurred in lost wages.

The costs also depend on the age of the patient. Patients in their 50s and above do not have a long life expectancy, but young survivors can expect to live many years if they receive proper care. Costs also depend on the quality of care and support given to the patient. So, at the higher end, the total lifetime costs of brain injuries can be as high as $4 million or even more.

Breakdown of Severe Brain Injury Costs

The following is an estimate of approximate costs for each severe brain injury patient:

  • Medical costs (including emergency services): The aggregate cost of emergency care, hospital stay, medical tests, and other services can add up an average of $162,500.
  • Rehabilitation costs for survivors: The costs of rehabilitation can add up to $55,000 ($1,000 per day for an average stay of 55 days) for patients who need acute rehabilitation.
  • Long term care services: The costs of long term medical and care services for patients receiving rehabilitation can amount to $196,000 or more. The costs of medical and long term care services for patients not receiving rehabilitation can be as low $18,000.

These estimates were obtained from About Brain Injury, Physicians Weekly and BrainAndSpinalCord.Org.

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If a family member or a loved one has suffered severe brain injuries in a motor vehicle accident, then get in touch with a reputed personal injury lawyer as soon as you can to file a personal injury claim.

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