Traumatic Brain Injury Costs: More Than Just Medical Bills

As a South Carolina brain injury attorney, I’ve seen how difficult the road to recovery from a closed head injury can be. Aside from the severe and life-threatening effects a TBI can have on your health, it can also put tremendous strain on your finances. The costs often include extended stays in the hospital, surgical procedures, long-term medical care and intensive rehabilitation.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, traumatic brain injuries cost a total of $76.3 billion in 2010.

While most insurers and federally-funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid cover the costs associated with saving a TBI victim's life, i.e., brain surgery and intensive medical care, benefits fall short in the way of rehabilitation programs that help the victim relearn skills and abilities he or she lost as a result of the brain trauma. The unfortunate result is thousands of brain trauma patients forced to go without rehabilitative treatment.

Costs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury can affect an individual's ability to work or function in his or her previous job, both of which can have significant financial ramifications on the patient's family.

When someone you love suffers a traumatic brain injury, whether in a car accident, bike or motorcycle accident, on the job, or as a result of a fall, you may be able to recover initial and future costs associated with the injury from the negligent party.

The costs of a TBI can include:

  • initial medical care, including emergency room care, ambulance transportation and hospitalization;
  • brain injury recovery, which could include physical and cognitive rehabilitation, if the injury is severe; and
  • lost income and wages, if the injury has rendered your loved one disabled and unable to work or sustain a job.

Do you have grounds for a traumatic brain injury claim?

If your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of someone else, you may want to seek counsel from a South Carolina attorney whose practice focuses on brain injury cases to learn about your legal options.

I accept cases arising from brain injuries in Clarendon, SC and across our state. I would be honored to answer any questions you have about traumatic brain injury cases. For a free legal consultation, call 803-790-2800. You can also request a free copy of my injury book.