Costs of a Brain Injury-Related Coma
Brain-injury related comas and other serious complications cause everyone involved severe emotional distress.
Comas1 and other losses of consciousness are typically the results of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) sustained in serious accidents. The costs of traumatic brain injuries in the United States come to approximately $76.5 billion on an annual basis.2 Included in that amount is the cost of hospitalization, which includes caring for comatose patients, and costs associated with fatalities.
The costs of caring for survivors of severe traumatic brain injuries can range anywhere from $600,000 to $1.9 million or more, depending upon the nature and extent of the injuries sustained.
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury related coma or other traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. An experienced Clearwater personal injury attorney will be able to represent you at every stage of your case, review all of your medical records and bills, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and represent you in court, if necessary.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Comas and other traumatic brain injuries can originate from a variety of sources. Some of the most common causes of severe traumatic brain injuries include the following:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle and moped accidents
- Accidents that occur on the job (e.g., working on heavy machinery)
- Sporting accidents (e.g., tackle football, wrestling, or other contact sports)
The frequency of these types of accidents varies by age group. For example, elderly individuals are more likely to sustain a serious traumatic brain injury from a slip-and-fall accident than a younger person may be.
Costs Associated with Treating Brain Comas and Other Serious TBI’s
As most anyone could imagine, the costs associated with treating comas and other traumatic brain injuries are usually quite high. Some common examples of the high costs associated with treating severe traumatic brain injuries include the following:
- Hospital bills
- Neurologist and clinician bills
- Costs of prescription medication
- Costs of psychological or psychiatric evaluations
- Physical therapy costs
- Costs of retaining home-care nurses or caregivers
- Nursing home or assisted living costs
In addition to recovering the medical costs associated with treating severe traumatic brain injuries, other potential damages may include reimbursement for lost wages for time missed from work. In the most serious of cases, a plaintiff may also be compensated for loss of earning capacity when, as a result of the traumatic brain injury or injuries, he or she cannot work at all or cannot work at the same job or in the same profession.
Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
Traumatic brain injuries can have painful and lifelong consequences – not to mention high costs associated with them. To make matters worse, the insurance company, generally speaking, is not on your side. An experienced Clearwater personal injury attorney will be able to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and if necessary, take your case to mediation, arbitration, or trial.
You can contact the experienced Clearwater personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group by calling 727-451-6900, or contact us online.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765