An astonishing 2.4 million Americans sustain a brain injury each and every year. Victims range from young children to elderly patients and these injuries most commonly occur from falls, automobile accidents, and sports. March is the official Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Association of America wants everyone to learn more about protecting themselves and their loved ones from the devastating effects of a brain injury.
Just The Facts: Brain Injuries
- 475,000 children sustain a brain injury in America each year
- 5.3 million people live with a lifelong disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury
- 52,000 people die each year from a brain injury
- #1 cause of traumatic brain injuries is falls (35%)
- Traumatic brain injury is a contributing factor in 30% of all injury related deaths
- 75% of all TBIs are concussions
The costs to treat traumatic brain injuries are shocking. Traumatic brain injury patients spend about $8,000 per day in hospital-based acute rehab. Post-acute residential rehab costs between $850-$2,500 per day. Treatment programs during the daytime can cost up to $1,000 per day, with no room and board. The direct and indirect costs associated with traumatic brain injuries, total an estimated $76.5 billion each year.
Traumatic brain injury victims may suddenly find that they are unable to live the same life they had before. They may be unable to drive, perform basic care, and even work in their chosen profession. Many TBI victims will spend months and years in rehabilitation to put their lives back together again and many will live with some form of permanent disability.
If another person’s negligence has caused your brain injury, you have a right to seek compensation. You will need money to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, and additional therapies. Yet insurance companies routinely underestimate the amount of money TBI victims truly need. As a result, they offer a low-ball settlement that is sadly only a fraction of what you may need to recover. Without the right legal representation, you may find yourself unable to pay your medical expenses in the future—even as you continue to deal with your injury.