Being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be devastating for you and your family members. Many of us are not familiar with the traumatic brain injury recovery process. Every traumatic brain injury is different and requires a different rehabilitation plan. However, most people who suffer moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries cannot return to their job and family life after their injury. In most cases, they need to undergo months of intensive rehabilitation. Even for those patients with health insurance coverage, the costs associated with a traumatic brain injury can add up quickly.
Expenses Associated With Traumatic Brain Injuries
Attempting to determine the actual cost of a traumatic brain injury is challenging. Most traumatic brain injury victims incur direct and indirect costs. Direct costs include the cost of medical treatments, hospital stays, therapy, and any other necessary services. Indirect costs include job loss, lost productivity, strained family relationships, and additional costs that are more loosely related to your traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury patients typically receive treatment by a team of various specialists, ranging from neurologists to vocational rehabilitation specialists. The more specialists a patient requires, the more expensive the treatment will be. Medical specialists are incredibly costly, and the patient’s actual cost depends on the severity of his or her traumatic brain injury. The more medical services the patient requires, the greater the cost of his or her overall treatment. Medical treatments include the following:
- Intensive care stays
- Acute rehabilitation in a hospital
- Sub-acute rehabilitation and a long-term intensive rehab facility
- Post acute rehabilitation in a residential rehabilitation facility
- In-home nursing services
- Participation and community reentry programs
- Vocational evaluation and retraining by a specialist
- Counseling, including individual, family, and group therapy
- Suicide intervention may become necessary
- Medications, such as analgesics, anti-anxiety medications, anticonvulsant, muscle relaxants, sedatives, antidepressants, and antipsychotics
- Outpatient therapies
- Assist programs in housing
In severe traumatic brain injury cases, the patient will often come home after spending a few months in a rehabilitation center. Many TBI patients are not prepared to live independently when they are transferred out of rehabilitation centers. However, most insurance companies will only pay for a certain amount of time in a rehabilitation facility. As a result, family members have the burden of providing medical care for their loved one with a traumatic brain injury. When one spouse works, doing so can become impossible, and the family may need to hire expensive caretakers.
Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today
Suppose you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. In that case, you may be concerned about how you will pay for all of the expenses associated with your TBI. You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent person or company who caused the accident that resulted in your traumatic brain injury. Successful plaintiffs are entitled to economic and non-economic damages related to their brain injury. Contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Pulvers Thompson today to schedule your free initial consultation.