Brain injuries come at an economic cost to victims, families and society as a whole. They also oftentimes come at an emotional impact to victims. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can include car accident victims and victims of other types of traumatic accidents and personal injury protections can provide them help with their damages.
The costs of traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can be costly to treat. The lifetime cost of treatment for a traumatic brain injury victim ranges from $85,000 to $3 million depending on a variety of factors including the severity of the injury. In addition, traumatic brain injuries can make it difficult for victims to hold a job or, in some cases, live on their own and accomplish daily tasks or perform daily activities as easily as they did prior to their brain injury. The unemployment rate for brain injury victims two years after their diagnosis is 60% which is higher than the national unemployment rate.
Victims of traumatic brain injuries will have to cope with the costs of a traumatic brain injury to themselves and those around them. Victims commonly experience mood changes, personality changes and other cognitive and physical impacts. Some may require ongoing treatment and care or in-home care.
A personal injury claim to cope with the costs
A personal injury claim for damages may be able to help victims with traumatic brain injury costs. Personal injury damages may be able to help with medical damages, lost-earning damages and pain and suffering, or emotional, damages the victim suffers. When a car accident victim suffers a traumatic brain injury, they should be familiar with personal injury legal protections and how they may be able to bring a claim for damages against the negligent driver responsible.