A traumatic brain injury is diagnosed after damage occurs to brain tissue after the brain hits the inside of the skull, usually due to head trauma. Even relatively minor brain injuries can be serious and should always be treated as such, including seeking immediate medical attention. Over time, a brain-injury victim may incur substantial costs and losses as a direct result of the injury. The following are some examples of how high the cost of a traumatic brain injury can be:
Medical expenses – It’s no secret that any type of medical care can be costly in the United States, with or without help from insurance. While all brain-injury victims should seek medical treatment, some will require more extensive treatment than others. Some examples of medical expenses that may be faced include:
- Emergency department or urgent care visits
- Diagnostic tests
- Intensive care unit (ICU) treatment if a coma occurs
- Rehabilitative therapy or stay in a rehab center
- Therapy for emotional control issues
- Physical therapy
- Medical equipment to help with physical impairments
- All of this care can result in thousands or even millions of dollars in medical bills over time. If ongoing care is required, the costs can keep climbing for the rest of a brain-injury victim’s life.
Lost income – Because brain injuries can affect your cognitive, physical, and emotional functioning, many victims must take time away from work while they recover. Even if you have paid time off, you can easily exceed the allotted amount and will likely eventually miss out on income you would have earned had your brain injury not occurred. If you suffer long-lasting symptoms, you may never be able to return to your previous job and may have to settle for a lower-paying job.
Permanent disability – Severe brain injuries can leave victims with permanent impairments that can completely change the rest of their lives. Victims deserve to be compensated for the enjoyment and opportunities lost due to their disabilities, as well as the stress of navigating life with a new disability.
Call a Chicago Brain Injury Attorney for Help Today
Because the losses from a brain injury can be significant, it is imperative to discuss your rights to financial recovery with a Chicago brain injury lawyer. Call the office of Abels & Annes, P.C. at 312-924-7575 as soon as possible for a free consultation.