Our Atlanta traumatic brain injury lawyers know that as you and your family deal with aftermath of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it will be important to understand the care and treatment that the injury may require as well as potential costs. A lawsuit filed on your behalf against the party or parties responsible for the injury will seek to recover those costs in addition to other damages.
At the law firm of James M. Poe, P.C., our Atlanta traumatic brain injury attorneys conduct an exhaustive review of medical expenses in each TBI case we handle. We also consult with experts who can help us to project the long-term financial burden that the injury will place on a victim and his or her family.
To learn how we can assist in your case, please contact us today. Our firm serves clients throughout Atlanta and Georgia and provides free initial consultations.
Estimating the Costs of Traumatic Brain Injury
The range of anticipated costs varies with the severity of the injury. For an individual with moderate-to-severe TBI, the total average expenditures incurred over a lifetime generally range from $600,000 to $1,875,000, with some estimates placing the lifetime cost of severe TBI at around $4 million, according to a report by a Georgia Senate study committee.
In nearby Arkansas, a report by health officials studied data from 2007 to 2012 and concluded that the average annual cost of acute care for a TBI victim is $15,783 per year, while the cost of post-acute care is $22,708.
The report noted that around 44.5 percent of those discharged from their initial hospitalization, within a one-year period, ended up being readmitted for acute treatment at a cost of around $37,206 per patient.
Components of Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
When considering what it will cost for you or your loved one with TBI to receive the necessary medical care and treatment, you should consider the following components of treatment:
- Emergency treatment – A severe head or brain injury may require service from a high level trauma center.
- Intensive care treatment – During the immediate aftermath of the injury, a patient may need to be placed in a hospital’s intensive care unit to make sure his or her condition is kept stable. ICU costs can be extremely high due to the need for equipment such as ventilators, catheters, nasogastric tubes, EKG monitors and intracranial pressure monitors.
- Acute rehabilitation – After a patient with TBI is moved out of an ICU unit, they often need an extended hospital stay for purposes of rehabilitation. As the Brain Injury Association of America notes, the goal is always to help a TBI victim regain as many basic daily living activities as possible before being discharged. According to the Atlanta Medical Center, a medical specialist will evaluate a patient and determine his or her rehabilitation needs in areas such as:
- Control of the bowel and bladder
- Speaking and understanding language
- Swallowing and eating
- Strength and coordination (some TBI victims may be unable to walk or suffer other severe physical limitations)
- Mental health
- Social support.
- Post-acute rehabilitation – A TBI patient may unable to care for himself or herself after being discharged from the hospital and may need to stay in a long-term care facility. In some cases, the patient may be able to live at home but will still require home health care services to be provided to enable that choice.
- Outpatient rehabilitation – A person suffering from TBI may be in a position to live at home or in an independent living center while attending outpatient rehabilitation and therapy sessions at a clinic or hospital.
- Mental health counseling – Depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders commonly arise among those who suffer from TBI. A victim may need to undergo extensive therapy.
- Medication – A wide variety of medications may be required to help a TBI victim cope with his or her condition, including anti-psychotics and drugs that prevent blood clots and seizures from occurring.
In addition to medical costs, a TBI victim may be unable to work or to return to the same-paying job they had before the injury. Family members and caregivers may also need to take time off from work to provide assistance.
Our Atlanta Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Help TBI Victims
Very few people can afford to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to obtain treatment for themselves or a family member after a traumatic brain injury.
Those who have been harmed by the negligence of others have the right to take legal action and make a claim for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and all other losses.
An experienced personal injury attorney from the law firm of James M. Poe, P.C., can review your case and help you to determine your rights and options. Call or contact us online today to speak with a member of our legal team.
• Brain Injury Treatment, Brain Injury Association of America
• Final Report of the Senate Study Committee on Brain Injury-Related Neurobehavioral Issues, Georgia Senate Research Office
• Hospitalizations and Medical Care Costs of Serious Traumatic
• Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Amputations, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission
• Rehabilitation for Post-Traumatic Brain Injury, Atlanta Medical Center