Individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of an 18-wheeler truck wreck, car crash, motorcycle collision, on-the-job accident or other tragedy are likely going to experience long-lasting and possibly permanent symptoms as a result of their head injury. In many cases, the effects of a traumatic brain injury will have huge personal and financial costs for both the victim and their family members.
As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury and wrongful death lawyer, I encourage brain injury victims and their relatives to seek proper legal advice as soon as possible after the accident. Most likely, you’re going to be facing some very expensive medical costs. The sooner you hire an experienced attorney to assist you in your claim, the better your chances of recovering the full and just compensation you deserve from each liable insurance policy.
Impairments Caused by Traumatic Brain Injury
It should be noted that when someone sustains a serious brain injury, it is merely the start of a neurological disease which might last a lifetime. The Brain Injury Association of Texas defines Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as “An alternation in brain function or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force.”
A moderate or severe brain injury can lead to permanent cognitive, physical, emotional and behavioral impairment in the patient. Symptoms of these impairments include difficulties with attention, memory, communication, reasoning, impaired vision, fatigue, lack of coordination in arms or legs, depression, anger and anxiety. However, with appropriate medical care, specialized rehabilitation and lifelong disease management, some traumatic brain injury victims can go on to lead healthy and satisfying lives.
Medical Expenses Related to Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual cost of traumatic brain injuries is approximately $76.3 billion. This figure takes into account both direct costs such as doctor bills as well as indirect costs such as lost productivity.
The Brain Injury Association of America points out the high price of medical treatment for someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury:
- $8,000 a day for average hospital-based acute rehab
- $850 to $2,500 per day for post-acute residential care
- $600 to $1,000 per day for non-residential day treatment programs
Making an Claim for Compensation
I you or your loved one suffered a TBI as a result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Texas law gives you the right to seek monetary damages which can pay for your expensive yet necessary medical treatment and rehabilitation. Even if no-one else was involved, you might still be able to make a claim for medical costs against your own insurance, depending on your policy. It is critical that you speak with a board certified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to make sure that you allow yourself the best possible chance of recovering the maximum compensation possible.