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What are the costs of treating a traumatic brain injury?

This blog recently discussed rehabilitation from a brain injury. Victims and families suffering from a brain injury may wonder about the costs of treatment as they grapple with the physical, financial and emotional impact of a traumatic brain injury. Brain injury costs can be a significant burden for victims and families while they are already trying to adjust to the changes that inevitably follow a traumatic brain injury.

Victims of brain injuries may be hard to recognize following a brain injury as personality, emotional, mood and behavioral changes can be common. Unfortunately, brain injuries can be costly to treat. Estimates place the costs of treating a mild brain injury at $85,000; a moderate brain injury costs $941,000; and a severe brain injury can cost up to $3 million to treat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the costs of acute care and rehabilitation for victims of brain injuries in the United States at approximately $9 to $10 billion annually, which does not take into account indirect costs to families and other costs like lost earnings.

The cost of caring for a victim of a traumatic brain injury varies according to the nature and severity of the injury. The estimated costs of caring for a surviving victim of traumatic brain injury is between $600,000 and $1,875,000 over a lifetime. The impact of a traumatic brain injury can be life-long and can take a physical, emotional and financial toll on the victim and their family. Treating traumatic brain injuries can be complex and costly, which is why it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with resources available to them.

Personal injury legal resources can help victims of brain injuries recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. Victims and their families should be aware of the legal remedies available to them to help with the physical, financial and emotional damages that result from a traumatic brain injury.

Source: brainandspinalcord.org, "Brain Injury Cost," Accessed March 18, 2018

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