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The incredible cost of brain injuries for victims and families

Brain injuries are costly for victims and their families and are not an uncommon type of injury victims may suffer in a car accident. Brain injuries can cause a variety of physical, financial and emotional injuries that the personal injury legal process can help with.

The costs of brain injury damages can range, based on the severity of the injury, but are estimated at $85,000 for a mild head injury; $941,000 for a moderate head injury; and $3 million for a severe head injury. Of the estimated $48.3 total costs associated with traumatic brain injuries annually, approximately $31.7 million of it is spent on hospitalization costs.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that acute and rehabilitative care for brain injury victims costs around $9 billion to $10 billion each year in the United States. The total costs of care vary by injury and the nature of the injury, as well as other factors, but it is estimated that the total lifetime cost of care for a victim of a severe traumatic brain injury ranges from $600,000 to $1.875 million over the course of the victim’s lifetime.

Brain injuries do more than cost victims physically, financially and emotionally; they also cost families, communities and society as a whole in reduced productivity, time at work, decreased earnings and social services costs. Victims of brain injuries may suffer with medical expenses, lost wages and emotional damages as a result of the impact of a brain injury. When a victim has suffered a brain injury in a car accident because of a negligent driver, personal injury legal resources may help them recover compensation for their damages to help them with the recovery process and sometimes lifelong challenges they will face following a traumatic brain injury.

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