The brain is one of the most important organs in the entire human body. Without the brain, people wouldn't be able to talk, move or function. It is essential for human life. However, the brain is susceptible to injury. While the skull provides some protection, a bad fall, a birth injury or a car accident can all lead to a traumatic brain injury and brain damage.
People who suffer from brain injuries face a variety of unique challenges. These individuals must overcome large obstacles in order to be able to function normally again. While some may spend months or years in rehabilitation just to relearn how to talk or walk, others may never get the chance. When a brain injury is severe, it can kill.
Because of the complex nature of the brain and of brain injuries, brain injuries often require a lot of medical care. This medical care, the inability to work and other costs really add up. People may wonder -- what are the costs of TBI? Several studies have been done on the costs of a brain injury. These studies have shown that it is extremely expensive to suffer from a TBI.
According to one study, just the acute care needed to treat mild head injuries ranged from $33,284 to $35,954. For moderate head injuries, the costs for acute care alone could be up to $81,153. This doesn't factor in rehabilitation costs or lost wages. Other studies have looked at the economic costs of TBI deaths to society. One estimated that as of 2007, TBI deaths costs $1.1 billion to the U.S. economy each year.
As these studies show, brain injuries are very expensive. When the injury was caused by the negligence of another, the victim may be entitled to compensation to cover these costs. While this blog post cannot provide specific legal advice about a person's rights, an attorney can answer specific questions.