Victims of brain injuries know that they can be costly to treat and that it can take a considerable amount of time to recover from brain injuries. In some circumstances, victims of traumatic brain injuries can spend a lifetime dealing with the physical, financial and emotional impact of a brain injury.
Brain injuries can cost from $600,000 to $1.875 million to treat over the course of a victim’s lifetime. The cost of brain injury can vary based on the nature and severity of the injury. A mild brain injury may cost $85,000, while a moderate brain injury may cost $941,000 and a severe brain injury may cost $3 million. However severe the brain injury is, the bottom line is that brain injuries are costly to treat and care for. The annual cost of hospitalization in the U.S. for brain injuries is estimated at $31.7 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further reports the cost of acute care and rehabilitative care for brain injuries at $9 to $10 billion.
When brain injury victims and their families are facing the fallout from an unexpected brain injury suffered in a car accident, it is useful for victims to understand brain injury costs and the legal resources available to help them and protect them. While not all of the damages caused by brain injuries can be measured by medical expenses, hospital costs and the costs of long-term care, a personal injury claim for damages may help victims of brain injuries recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages caused by a negligent driver responsible for their accident. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages.