Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are factors in a significant number of deaths and permanent disabilities every year. In fact, TBI is a factor in one-third of all injury-related deaths in the United States- claiming 50,000 lives annually. Hundreds of thousands more are hospitalized and survive leaving many of these victims with long-term disabilities. It is estimated that more than 5.3 million people currently live with some form of TBI-induced disability. Severe TBI after car accidents are some of the most common examples of this serious condition.
Types of Severe TBI:
- Closed injuries occur when the brain is moved forcefully inside the skull. Impact with a fixed object inside the vehicle such as the steering wheel or dashboard could cause this type of injury.
- Penetrating injuries occur when an object pierces the brain. Intruding metal or glass as a result of a collision could cause this type of injury.
In addition to affecting the life of an individual and their family, severe TBIs have a substantial societal and economic impact on the community. In 2010, an estimated 2.5 million people sustained a TBI, totaling approximately $76.5 billion in direct and indirect medical costs. In addition, severe TBIs which require hospitalization or result in fatalities, represent nearly 90% of the total TBI medical costs.
Severe, non-fatal TBIs can result in coma or amnesia and contribute to short- and long-term debilitating issues including:
- Cognitive function
- Motor function
Financial Burden of TBIs
The Centers for Disease Control calculate the gross annual cost of acute care and rehabilitation for TBI victims in the United States is $9 to $10 billion. Add to that the indirect costs to families and society in the form of lost earnings, work time and productivity for family members, and the costs associated with social services, and in 2010 alone, TBI costs reached $76.5 billion in the United States.
On average, the total cost per patient is $162,194 for initial brain trauma care and $59,862 for the standard two weeks of inpatient rehabilitation. Outpatient rehabilitation could potentially last much longer, and costs range from $600 to $1000 per day, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Add to this, the cost of surgeries and additional hospitalization, lost or reduced earning capacity and the cost of refitting a home for handicap accessibility, and it is estimated that, over a lifetime, it could require $600,000 to $1,875,000 to care for a loved one with a severe TBI.
Contact Denver Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, you may need more compensation than you know. Denver car accident attorney, Robert Paysinger, understands the complications that can arise after a traumatic brain injury and he fights aggressively for all his clients, so that they receive the maximum compensation. Call Denver attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221 or through our website at www.paysingerlaw.com/contact-us.
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