If you or a loved one have experienced a traumatic brain injury following a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering how much it will cost. Is it expensive to deal with the medical costs associated with a traumatic brain injury? How much can you expect to pay? It’s estimated that the lifetime cost for the treatment of a traumatic brain injury averages between $85,000 and $3 million—a substantial expense for any family. There are a number of factors that can help you determine what you can expect to spend as a result of a traumatic brain injury.
Factor #1: Initial Hospitalization
In many cases, it’s necessary to be hospitalized at least short-term following a traumatic brain injury. Many patients proceed from the scene of the accident straight to the hospital, leading to emergency room bills, ambulance fees, and more. Once they’ve arrived, temporary hospitalization may be necessary, especially if they’ve lost consciousness. For more serious traumatic brain injuries, longer hospitalization is required. In addition to time in the hospital, the cost of tests, medications to help with headaches and other aches and pains, and other bills may add up quickly.
Factor #2: Rehabilitation
The amount of rehabilitation that is necessary following a traumatic brain injury is impossible to predict. Some patients bounce back quickly. Others may struggle for months to return to normal. Rehabilitation services can help many patients return to a higher quality of life faster, but the cost of those services can add up quickly. The more rehab is necessary, the more the cost will increase. Receiving the proper rehab, however, is critical to improving long-term outcomes for patients with traumatic brain injury.
Factor #3: Long-Term Care
Not everyone is able to make a full recovery following a traumatic brain injury. In some cases, patients may go home still unable to care for themselves. They may struggle with simple daily tasks: feeding and dressing themselves, going to the bathroom, or simply being at home unsupervised. Long-term nursing care at home or supervisory care for individuals who can’t be alone for some reason can add up quickly.
Factor #4: Lost Wages
Traumatic brain injury doesn’t just lead to medical costs that add up fast. It also leaves patients struggling to return to work. In some cases, it may be impossible to return to work until recovery has progressed substantially, even for patients who will go on to make a full recovery. In other cases, it may be necessary to temporarily modify job tasks in order to account for injuries. The cost of lost wages can start to add up quickly following a motorcycle accident that leads to traumatic brain injury.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident that led to traumatic brain injury, you need legal representation that can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Call the Law Offices of George Salinas today at 210-225-0909 or contact us online to learn how we can support you through the process.