The Cost of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Several studies have been carried out to ascertain the true cost of traumatic brain injuries. The results of these studies differ depending on various data points including the number of participants and the criteria used. However, the general cost of traumatic brain injuries has been shown to be anywhere from $85,000 to $3 million.
This is important since the National Institutes of Health predicts that more that 10 million people will suffer from this type of injury annually by 2020. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that an average of 1.7 million people in the US sustain head trauma annually.
Head trauma injuries vary in severity. Approximately 275,000 people in the US are hospitalized annually for treatment of head traumas. 52,000 of these people die as a result of complications. 52% of those people that survive live with disabilities of varying severity. Those facing a lifetime of disability also face a lifetime of additional expenses.
Only 25% of traumatic head injury victims who visit emergency rooms are admitted for additional care. Those who require additional treatment are not treated by doctors only. A variety of professionals are involved in treatment. These include:
- Physical therapists
- Educational therapists
- Cognitive therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- Recreational therapists
Victims may require the services of the professionals for the short term or long term depending on the type of disability they are dealing with. This can mean years of expenses as well as immediate expenses where home modifications are required.
It is easy to calculate economic damages such as bills when evaluating compensation. However, the cost of a traumatic brain injury extends beyond the economic expenses. There are additional damages such as emotional and mental effects that cannot be priced. Many patients have to deal with the consequences of the accident for years. They are affected emotionally, mentally and socially. Victims deserve to be compensated for these effects. If you’re seeking noneconomic compensation for head trauma, you will have to seek a jury trial or the threat of one to obtain it.