Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most expensive types of injuries that a person can suffer.
The medical costs can be staggering. A person with TBI may also lose a tremendous amount of money due to the inability to work. Of course, pain and suffering must be taken into account as well.
Given this reality, the real cost of rehabilitation from traumatic brain injury can be devastating for victims and their families. Let’s take a closer look at these costs:
The medical costs associated with TBI alone can be enough to throw a person into financial ruin. The exact costs that a person will incur for TBI treatment and rehabilitation therapy will depend on several factors, including:
In the aftermath of a TBI, types of medical services which may be costly include:
In some cases, a live-in nurse may be necessary to help the patient in everyday tasks if the brain injury is severe.
The above medical costs provide just a glimpse into the expenses that many brain injury victims and their families must face.
One of the things that a working person who experiences TBI will have to cope with in the aftermath of that injury is the potential loss of income that victim and his or her family will face.
Of course, how much income is lost depends on the individual and the extent of the brain injury. Some people will miss only work during the time period immediately following the injury. Others may be out of commission for months or years.
The loss of wages can be a huge financial blow to a family, particularly when the victim is the primary income earner. For families that have no other source of income – or no other source of income that is sufficient to cover cost-of-living expenses – this can be devastating.
Another cost of a brain injury that many do not think about until they are experiencing one includes the emotional costs of loss of guidance, support, consortium, parenting and more.
For those who are the family members of the brain injury victim, knowing how to cope with these changes can be very difficult. Family members may develop depression or other emotional changes themselves.
The spouse of a TBI victim may find it difficult to take over household duties like child rearing on their own, especially if there is also an obligation to earn an income. Many people feel as though they have lost their loved ones – even when the victim is still alive.
The victim and his or her family may also experience emotional anguish and suffering as a direct result of the injury.
Rehabilitation therapy and the dozens of other associated costs of a brain injury can quickly add up. When they do, a family will likely not know how to pay these bills. Possible ways of recovering costs and paying future bills include:
The experienced Illinois brain injury attorneys at the law offices of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. understand how devastating a traumatic brain injury can be for your family.
We realize that bills associated with TBI rehabilitation and therapy can quickly add up. We want to help you to explore your options for paying these bills and recovering compensation for your losses.
When you are ready to learn more about how we can help you and take legal action, contact our law offices in Chicago or Waukegan for a free consultation.