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The nature and costs of traumatic brain injuries for victims


In the United States, 1.7 million American suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are not always visible and may not be immediately detected, reported or treated. Ah4y can, however, cause lifelong harm for victims.

There are more than 5.3 million Americans suffering lifelong disabilities as a result of traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, when compared to all hospitalizations for injuries, lead to longer and more costly hospital stays and lead to an increased risk of death. Overall, TBIs contributed to a third of all injury-related deaths.

TBIs can take significant time and money to treat and treatment options can sometimes be lengthy, ongoing and long-term. The annual cost of traumatic brain injuries is approximately $76.5 billion. The average health care costs over a lifetime for a victim of TBI is approximately $85,000 but can be in excess of $3 million depending on the circumstances. Chronic pain and mental health struggles can increase for TBI sufferers as well.

Because of the difficult and costly process of recovering from a traumatic brain injury, legal options may be available to allow victims to recover compensation for damages, including medical care costs, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

The personal injury legal process is a resource available to help protect victims who have wrongfully suffered a traumatic brain injury. It can assist victims with the recovery of compensation for damages they have suffered, which can allow them to better focus on recovering from the brain injury to the best extent possible.

Source: ResearchAmerica.org, "Traumatic Brain Injury," Accessed Jan. 25, 2016

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