The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are approximately 1.7 million incidences of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) every year. A TBI is any impairment to the brain caused by a blow to the head. The severity can range from a concussion to serious and permanent disabilities, or death. And while advances in treatments have increased the odds of surviving a TBI, dealing with the life-altering ramifications of TBI can prove challenging for patients, loved ones, and society in general.
The two main categories of TBI include:
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to physical problems, communication issues, and cognitive difficulties.
Physical problems can range from annoying to debilitating. They include nausea, vomiting, headaches, seizures, vertigo, diminished abilities to hear, taste, and smell, and decreased coordination and strength in the body and limbs.
After a TBI, it may become difficult for a person to adequately and appropriately express themselves. They may seem overly emotional or, at the other end of the spectrum, quite emotionless. Additionally, TBI patients may have trouble reading, writing, and spelling.
Frequently, TBI patients experience cognitive difficulties. It is common to have trouble concentrating, planning and organizing, and creating new memories. Patients may also process new information more slowly. Individual problems are dependent on the part of the brain injured and the severity of the injury.
On average, the total cost per TBI patient is $162,194 for initial brain trauma care and $59,862 for two weeks of inpatient rehabilitation, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Add to this, the cost of outpatient rehabilitation, 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.
If you have been seriously injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact the Longmont brain injury attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee. It is not fair that you and your loved ones should bear the physical and financial burdens of TBI. We will make sure the responsible parties are held accountable and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC, send us an e-mail or call (720) 494-0444. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award.
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