Brain injuries suffered in car accidents can take a physical, financial and emotional toll on victims. Car accident victims who have suffered a traumatic brain injury should be familiar with the legal resources and remedies available to help and protect them when they have suffered a brain injury in a car accident.
Brain injuries can impact a victim’s motor, sensory and cognitive functions and can also result in mood disruptions, emotional struggles and personality changes. The impact of brain injury can make it difficult for brain injury victims to return to work or even perform the regular daily activities they used to perform with ease. They can also have a negative impact on the victim’s relationships. Brain injuries impact victims, families, communities and society and can result in lost productivity and costs to society, as well as the victim and their family.
The financial burden of a brain injury can vary based on the severity of the injury but generally may cost $85,000 for a mild brain injury; $941,000 for a moderate brain injury; and $3 million for a severe traumatic brain injury. The estimated annual costs of a brain injuries in the United States totals $48.3 billion. Of that amount, $31.7 billion is attributed to hospital costs to treat brain injuries. The total costs of acute and rehabilitative care for brain injuries in the U.S. is estimated at $9 to $10 million annually. In some cases, traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims may require a lifetime of care. The total cost of caring for a TBI victim over their lifetime ranges from $600,000 to $1.875 million.
Personal injury legal protections can help brain injury victims as the physical, financial and emotional costs of the serious injury they have suffered pile up. It is essential for brain injury victims and their families to be familiar with the legal options that can help them with their medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering when a negligent driver has harmed them in a car accident.