Costs Related to Traumatic Brain Injuries

Each year, 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). TBIs, head injuries that disrupt normal brain function, range from mild to severe. Some people eventually recover from their injuries, while others die or face life-long disabilities as a result.

During a typical year, 275,000 people sustain a TBI that is severe enough for them to be admitted to the hospital, the CDC says. With that come immense physical, emotional and economic costs, beginning with hospital bills and a diminished ability to earn money to pay those bills or even the basic costs of living.

If you or a loved one has a serious TBI, you know the dramatic impact it has had on your life. If that TBI was the result of someone else’s negligence, The Abelson Law Firm can help. We are dedicated to helping the injured seek justice for their losses.

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Economic Costs of TBI

The CDC estimates that the direct medical costs of TBI and the indirect costs, such as lost productivity, total $76.5 billion during a typical year. The cost of fatal TBIs and TBIs requiring a hospital stay account for 90 percent of the medical costs for TBI. About 5 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability.

A person with a severe TBI may require expensive long-term medical treatment, therapy and assistive care. A TBI victim’s ability to earn a living is usually greatly diminished, and many TBI victims are unable to ever work again.

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance and the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA):

  • The lifetime costs for someone who survives a severe TBI can reach at least $4 million.
  • Rehabilitation is expensive. One study shows that costs for medical and long-term care for TBI survivors who undergo rehabilitation average $196,460, compared to $17,893 for those who do not require rehabilitation. Many pay much more.
  • The average daily cost for TBI rehabilitation in a hospital is $8,000. Residential rehab centers charge TBI patients between $850 and $2,500 per day. Even non-residential rehabilitation services can reach as high as $1,000 per day.
  • Medical costs average more than $450,000 for patients who die from TBI.
  • Many TBI survivors need help returning to work. One study showed that supported employment for TBI survivors costs an average of $10,000 for the first year.

Common types of expenses for TBI patients include: 

  • Ambulance charges.
  • Emergency room bills.
  • Hospital expenses.
  • Expensive surgeries.
  • Doctor’s bills.
  • Rehabilitation programs.
  • Prescription drugs.
  • Nursing care.
  • Assistive devices.

Rehabilitation is one of the most costly aspects of treatment for many TBI patients. Some of the specialists that may be required to help a patient adapt to life with a brain injury include:

  • TBI nurse specialists.
  • Psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • Physiatrists.
  • Occupational therapists.
  • Physical therapists.
  • Speech and language pathologists.
  • Social workers.
  • Rehabilitation nurses.
  • Vocational counselors.
  • Recreational therapists. 

Personal Costs of TBI

The personal, day-to-day costs of a TBI are substantial. A TBI can impact the victim’s cognitive functions, motor function, sensation and emotions. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, an estimated 62.3 per 100,000 adults over the age of 15 are living with lasting functional impairments due to TBI, excluding most survivors of mild TBI.

As a result of a TBI, a patient might have a physical disability, as well as emotional problems such as aggression or personality changes. This can impact employment status, relationships with friends and family, the ability to drive and even the ability to perform household tasks. In short, it affects a victim’s entire life.

If you or a family member has been affected by a TBI that resulted from someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

The Abelson Law Firm in Washington DC can investigate the facts and determine your legal right to compensation. You need an advocate who handles catastrophic injury cases, and the lawyer at the Abelson Law Firm have what it takes to negotiate a fair settlement or to litigate on your behalf in a court of law.

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  • CDC – Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury
  • CDC – TBI Data & Statistics
  • Family Caregiver Alliance – Traumatic Brain Injury
  • BIAA – Long-Term Medical Care Utilization and Costs Among Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors

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