Suffering a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a life-changing event. The aftermath of a TBI can create enormous physical, cognitive, emotional and financial challenges for victims and their families. Traumatic brain injuries undoubtedly cause physical pain. In addition, permanent brain damage from a severe TBI may require lifelong treatment and permanent care. Even concussions, which are mild TBIs, can cause lifelong struggles. This is especially true when children experience concussion because our brains are not fully developed until we reach our mid-twenties.
Have you, your child, or loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury as a consequence of another party’s carelessness or negligence in Solana Beach? If so, an experienced California brain injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for any losses incurred as a result of the injury. Contact the award-winning legal team at Gomez Trial Attorneys for a free consultation. We will discuss the details of your claim, or a claim you want to file on behalf of your loved one.
Brain injuries are among the most costly injuries a person can experience. Expenses and costs add up quickly and can devastate families. Families may incur massive debt accumulation, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and simply be unable to meet basic day-to-day needs. The financial impact of a brain injury begins in the minutes immediately after an accident. Costs continue to increase financial stress throughout the victim’s recovery, and sometimes indefinitely. Keep reading to learn more about the costs that come with a brain injury. There may be some unexpected expenses you haven’t considered. for more information review our brain injury statistics page to see the potential costs, damages, and types of issues associated with brain injuries.
Car, truck, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and childbirth are a few circumstances that might cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Victims should seek immediate medical treatment after a head trauma, which can encompass a variety of expenses. An ambulance ride, emergency response services, and the emergency room visit are only the start. Because victims of TBIs often require extensive rehabilitation and therapy, medical bills will only continue to add up. In fact, research shows that traumatic brain injuries are one of the most costly injuries to treat.
Diagnosing a TBI may require multiple diagnostic tests. In addition, depending on the severity of the injury, a doctor may recommend costly MRIs and CT scans. Diagnostic imaging sometimes allows doctors to analyze which areas of the brain were damaged or whether the patient is suffering from bleeding on the brain. Unfortunately, even MRIs and CT scans will not identify most brain injuries. Treatment recommendations will vary depending on the area of the brain affected and the extent of the damage.
Hospitalization may be necessary for some time depending on the severity of the injury. In those cases, hospital stays could potentially last weeks or months in severe cases. Traumatic brain injury patients are typically required to go to several follow-up medical evaluations. Consistent contact with your doctor will enable proper monitoring of your recovery. In addition, they might have to undergo one or more surgeries, which can be extremely expensive. They might also have to take costly medication prescribed to help them cope with symptoms.
When a person suffers a severe brain injury, they have brain damage, some of which might be permanent. The exact struggles vary from patient to patient based on the location of the injury of the brain. Different parts of the brain are responsible for different functions. Regaining the loss of function or learning new ways to cope with your brain injury after permanent loss which requires extensive therapy. Depending on the severity of the injury, patients may be required to undergo therapy with one or more specialists. Brain injury therapists may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and psychiatrists or psychologists.
Another expense that can plague families of TBI victims is in-home nursing care. Even after someone is released from the hospital, they may require ongoing transitional care once they go home. In the most severe cases, a TBI victim might need in-home healthcare indefinitely.
Some families try to act as a caregiver, but this can be a massive physical and emotional undertaking. Often families must hire full-time caregivers. Even those who serve as caregivers for a loved one need to take a break every once in awhile. Families might retain a part-time home health care aide to help out on occasion. In some cases, families may choose for their loved one to remain in a long-term nursing care facility. Nursing facility care is typically extremely expensive and often not covered by insurance.
It’s a joyous occasion when a TBI victim gets released from the hospital to return home. Yet, returning home still poses challenges for those who suffered severe injuries. Even those who don’t need around-the-clock care might still permanently lose some functions. Limited functioning can impact how well victims adapt to returning home. Decreased physical functioning often requires modifications to make the home more accessible for the victim.
Some examples of home modifications include installing a wheelchair ramp for those confined to a wheelchair. In addition, handrails in the bathroom, shower, and throughout the home may be necessary. Those who suffer a traumatic brain injury might also struggle with their senses. Everyday tasks may suddenly become potential dangers. For example, a TBI victim might not be able to tell the difference between hot and cold. That can make stovetops and hot water faucets can be extremely dangerous.
When TBI victims suffer from PTSD, they might sleepwalk or suffer nightmares. During a sleepwalking episode, victims may wander around the house, or leave the house without realizing it. In these cases, families might need to install special alarms, doors, and locks. All of these changes can amount to a hefty bill for thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars.
Adults who suffer traumatic brain injuries most likely performed a variety of tasks around the home before their injury. When a loved one gets hurt and can no longer help out, families can pick up some of the slack. For families acting as caregivers, the extra work can become burdensome and cause them to struggle to get everything done. In these cases, some families must spend money to hire outside help. Some examples of services families might need to hire after a loved one suffers a brain injury include:
Aside from piles of medical bills, losing income from the inability to work is often the most devastating financial impact. Families must change their spending habits, especially if the victim contributed the majority of the household income. The loss of income can cause families to struggle meeting day-to-day needs and paying monthly expenses. It’s true that TBI victims might qualify for disability, but they typically do not receive more than two-thirds of their income before their injuries. Typically, workers’ compensation benefits are only paid for a limited time.
Spouses and parents who need to care for their partners or children might also need to miss work. Paid personal days and vacation time get burned up quickly after a TBI. Victims and family members may be forced to take unpaid time away from work. Lost wages also include future lost wages for adults who cannot return to their job. Children who can never seek gainful employment may also recover future lost wages. The drastic reduction in household income often means families must use up all of their savings. Many accumulate tens of thousands in credit card debt just to get by after a loved one suffers a TBI.
Traumatic brain injuries don’t only cause physical pain, but they can devastate victims and their families. The emotional stress of coping with an injury or learning how to handle a loved one’s injury is overwhelming alone. Stress is only compounded when the expenses involved with a TBI start to amass. Taking legal action against the party responsible for the traumatic brain injury will not undo the past. However, a settlement or court-awarded damages can help alleviate some or all of the financial burden weighing on your family.
If you, your spouse, or your child has experienced a traumatic brain injury in Solana Beach, you are going through a challenging time. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we are empathetic to the challenges and the financial struggles associated with a brain injury. You shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden when another party’s negligence or intentional harm caused your injury. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
We take brain injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so contact one of our skilled Solana Beach brain injury lawyers today at (866) 395-6792 to schedule a free consultation and discuss the details of the circumstances that led to your brain injury.