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What is the cost of caring for a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury can leave an individual with serious physical and mental limitations. Oftentimes, those who suffer these injuries are unable to reclaim their normal pre-accident lives. As if this isn't bad enough, these individuals will usually wind up facing significant financial losses primarily caused by medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. But the damages don't end there. Instead, victims can also face lost wages due to their inability to work. These losses, when combined with physical and emotional damages, can be overwhelming.

But exactly how much does it cost to treat a traumatic brain injury? On average, those who suffer a traumatic brain injury will incur more than $150,000 in medical costs. Those who need acute rehabilitation services can wind up facing $1,000 every day. The average stay for those who need acute rehabilitation is 55 days. That's an additional $55,000 in costs for those who need this type of assistance. The true cost of treating a traumatic brain injury varies greatly from person-to-person, but it can wind up costing as much as $4 million when all is said and done.

It doesn't take a mathematician to realize that most traumatic brain injury victims are unable to cover such exorbitant costs, especially since most of them are unable to work to earn a living wage. Although insurance may help cover some of these losses, there are oftentimes limits, thereby leaving victims overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for help.

Those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another, whether in a car accident, dangerous property condition, or a workplace accident, may be able to recover the compensation they need to recoup their damages. The process can be challenging, though, as with significant financial resources at stake, defense attorneys are usually quite aggressive when handling these cases. This is why victims and their families need to consider having an equally aggressive attorney on their side who will do everything in his or her power to ensure that the best possible case is presented to the judge and jury. This might help them maximize their chances of success.

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