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The Lifetime Cost of a Traumatic Brain Injury

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Regardless of the degree, a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI is a serious matter. Ranging from mild symptoms like headaches and confusion, to more serious symptoms like full-body paralysis, coordination loss, and chronic seizures, a TBI can negatively impact the course of your life, and require near-constant medical assistance.

When you’ve sustained a TBI, our White Plains personal injury lawyers can help you seek the financial recovery you need. We’ve won many successful case outcomes for this type of injury, and we can work with skilled medical and after-care experts to create a strong legal strategy for your injury claim.

What Is the Cost of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

TBIs are sustained after a blow to the head disrupts your brain’s normal functions. The intensity of the brain injury will vary dependingon the nature of your accident, with the most severe cases tending to show up on construction sites and in car accidents. However, the reality is that a TBI can be caused by virtually anythingthat hits your head with significant blunt force, from sports activities gone wrong to slipping and falling on a wet floor.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, more than 10 million people are affected by a TBI each year - andit’s estimated that by 2020, it will surpass most diseases as a leading cause of disability, costing the government more than $60 billion each year to treat. Because TBIs require emergency medical care, after-care,and rehabilitation services, as well as in-home care in some instances,the lifetime costs of a Traumatic Brain Injury can soar up to more than$3 million for severe injuries.

Here are some additional statistics on the lifetime costs of TBI:

  • Mild TBIs can still potentially cost you thousands. The Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America found that the cost of a mild TBI can range from $33,000 - 35,000 every year until rehabilitationis complete.
  • Moderate TBIs are incredibly expensive, too. These injuries can require more than double the amount for a mild injury:Up to $81,000 in lifetime medical costs.
  • Immediate recovery care after a TBI can take months. The average hospital stay after a TBI is 55 days, with much more time required for more severe injuries. This can prevent you from returning to work and cost you thousands of dollars in the aftermath alone.
  • Without high-quality care, the chances of death from a TBI are high. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 153 people die from TBI injuries in the U.S. every day.

Seeking Recovery After Your Traumatic Brain Injury

Even with the best medical care available, the statistics don’t lie.A TBI is nearly always serious, and can require years if not decades of expensive medical care and physical therapy. At Ivey Barnum & O’Mara,LLC, our personal injury attorneys have overseen many cases involving Traumatic Brain Injuries, and we are intimately familiar with the unique challenges these can present.To combat any challenges during your case, we utilize our network of Life Care experts in the TBI field, as well as many medical professionals and after-care experts who can back up your claims in court.

We’re dedicated to fighting for maximum compensation for Traumatic Brain Injury claims. Contact us 24/7 at 203-661-6000 for a free consultation.We serve clients throughout the Metro New York area, including Greenwich,Fairfield, and Westchester County.

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