The Lifetime Cost of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Thanks to increasing awareness and advances in medical science, we’re finally beginning to understand the long-term implications of head injuries. We’re now taking these injuries more seriously than before and placing a tremendous emphasis on prevention. Unfortunately, prevention doesn’t help if you’ve already suffered a traumatic brain injury
Those who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury face a long road ahead and an uncertain future. There is no price that can be put on your pain and suffering and the loss of your ability to live your life as you did before. In addition, the cost of medical treatment for a brain injury can rise well into the millions of dollars. If you’ve suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and are worried about your future, we strongly recommend that you consult with an experienced Traumatic Brain Injury attorney to make sure you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Defined
The CDC defines a TBI as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” A disruption to the “normal function of the brain” can be manifested in the following ways:
● Clouded thinking
● Sensitivity to light and noise
● Loss of balance
● Difficulty speaking or otherwise communicating
● Emotional distress – depression, anxiety, personality changes
The severity of these symptoms is likely to increase with the severity of the injury. In addition, severe TBIs can lead to epilepsy and other brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Medical professionals generally classify Traumatic Brain Injuries based on different scales, however, Traumatic Brain Injuries are often classified as severe where the injured person suffers a loss of consciousness for several hours and has a Glasgow Coma Score of 3 to 8. Severe TBIs can cause temporary, long-term, and even permanent damage to the victim’s cognitive, motor, and sensory functions, as well as their emotional well-being.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, including concussions and/or minor head traumas, must not be overlooked or disregarded. According to contemporary medical literature, a Traumatic Brain Injury can be classified as mild if the injured person suffers a loss of consciousness and/or confusion and disorientation that is shorter than 30 minutes. While MRI and CAT scans are often normal in Mild TBIs, the individual usually experiences cognitive problems such as headaches, difficulty thinking clearly, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration. These injuries are often overlooked as stress related to an accident. Even though this type of TBI is called “mild”, the effect on the family and the injured person can be devastating.
Other Names for Mild TBI:
• Minor head trauma
• Minor TBI
• Minor brain injury
• Minor head injury
If you’ve suffered from a Mild TBI, including a concussion and/or minor head trauma, it is essential that you immediately seek medical treatment so that the symptoms do not worsen. Mild TBI treatment often includes consulting with a neurologist, neuropsychologist, and/or occupational therapist. If you need assistance locating the best doctors for a Mild TBI in your area, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
It’s no secret that medical treatment for a severe injury can get quite expensive. If you’ve suffered a TBI, you must also consider whether you will be able to continue working, whether you will be able to drive, and whether you will need special accommodations in your daily life. All of this comes at a cost, some of which may not be covered by insurance.
In a study released in 2015, Northwestern University concluded that the average cost of treatment for a TBI to be anywhere from $85,000 to $3 million. In addition, they reported that adults who suffer TBIs are unemployed as a result of their injury for an average of two years. The CDC estimated that in 2010, the total economic impact of TBIs in America totaled $76.5 billion. Simply put, the economic costs of a traumatic brain injury for you, your family, and society as a whole can be astronomical.
Contact a Southern California Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
If you’ve suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg have the experience you need to get the compensation you deserve. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us at 818-591-8058 or contact us online.