Traumatic Brain Injury Costs: More Than Just Medical Bills

Medical bills after brain injuryAs 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. Whether it be an auto accident, fall, sports-related incident, or some other cause, brain injuries can lead to astronomical expenses. 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

The cost of a closed head injury cannot be measured by hospital bills alone. People with even mild TBIs often require medication, therapy, vocational training, and adaptive strategies. All of these items come at a cost for individuals and families living in South Carolina. In addition, if a TBI victim cannot return to their former job, they may be faced with the loss of thousands or even millions of dollars over their lifetime.

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 someone you care about has suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of someone else, you may want to seek counsel from an attorney whose practice focuses on brain injury cases to learn about your legal options.

The law cannot heal anyone medically, but it can compensate people for the harm caused by another party's negligence or recklessness. More than 60,000 South Carolinians are currently facing disability due to brain injury. If you or a loved one is one of those people, please know that you are not alone. There are a number of organizations dedicated to helping you. Likewise, the law, as well as my firm, are on your side.

We are here to guide people with TBIs toward justice while ensuring that all costs - past, present, and future - associated with the head injury are covered by the at-fault party's insurance company. I accept cases arising from brain injuries in Clarendon, Columbia, Spartanburg, and across our state. I would be honored to answer any questions you have about traumatic brain injury cases

Let us help with the legal issues so that you may focus on recovery. For free copies of my books and a free consultation, call my Columbia office today at (803) 790-2800 or contact us via the live chat box below. 

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Columbia and Myrtle Beach car accident and personal injury lawyer dedicated to securing justice for clients.