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What is Traumatic Brain Injury and What Does it Cost to Treat?

Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson

If you or a loved one suffered a head injury in a car accident, or other type of traumatic accident, you may wonder what traumatic brain injury (TBI) is, how it is treated, how much it costs to treat and what resources are available to help you or your loved one. A traumatic brain injury can result when the victim suffers a head injury such as a significant blow, bump jolt or a penetrating head injury that causes disruption to the victim’s normal brain function.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), refers to TBI as a serious health concern. The CDC further notes that each year, TBIs lead to a significant amount of deaths and circumstances of permanent disability. As such, TBIs significantly impact the lives of victims and their families. Victims of TBI can suffer extensive damages. During 2010, it was estimated that the economic cost of TBI was approximately $76.5 billion. Treatments are available for TBI and can include primary prevention treatment, early management and treatment of TBI.

TBIs can result in significant medical expenses, permanent disability and the need for long-term care, rehabilitation and therapy. Nearly half of all victims hospitalized for TBI suffer a disability related to TBI a year following their brain injury. Victims of TBI may experience difficulty with cognitive function, motor function, experiencing sensation and with their emotions. It is estimated that 5.3 million people in the U.S. live with a TBI-related disability. Because of the wide range of TBI symptoms, victims can suffer difficulties working, with relationships and when engaging in routine activities.

One noted cause of TBI is motor vehicle accidents, however, other types of accidents may also lead to a TBI. Car and traffic accidents account for the largest number of TBI-related deaths. Victims of TBI, and their families, should be familiar with resources available to help them when they have been harmed by a negligent driver or a party who has otherwise been negligent and caused them harm. Legal remedies and protections may be available to help victims recover compensation for the damages they have suffered.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Severe Traumatic Brain Injury,” Accessed March 4, 2015