A victim of a traumatic brain injury recounts the day he was injured.
“As I near the three-year anniversary of my traumatic brain injury (TBI), I am once again reminded of how fragile I still am. My TBI was the result of a slip and fall. I had zero warning as my feet slipped out from under me and my skull took the full impact of my fall. I can still hear the god-awful sound of my skull hitting the pavement.”
As Virginia brain injury attorneys we know that recovering from a TBI is a long and costly process. A recent brain injury study has shown that many patients with long lasting impairments from a traumatic brain injury would benefit from discharge to a setting that offers rehabilitation services.
Studies have repeatedly shown that intensive inpatient rehabilitation offers greater improvement in cognitive and physical recovery in patients with TBI. But the decision to discharge a TBI patient from acute care to rehabilitation is often based on other factors than clinical need. The cost and different levels of rehabilitation offered by varied facilities are other factors that are considered in determining individual discharge dispositions.
The sad truth is that the one-year cost of treating a mild TBI can range from $27,260 to $32,760 or more per case. For moderate to severe TBI, costs per case can escalate to between $268,900 and $408,520 or more. The Journal of Trauma Injury, Infection, and Critical Care estimated that the direct medical cost for a severe TBI is $85,600 with a cost of $5,650 per day for hospitalization.
You may be thinking, "That is a lot of money, but I have health insurance." Well, even people with health insurance will likely encounter a massive set of medical bills. For example, a case study revealed that the direct cost to a TBI patient for treatment was between $98,745 and $167,098. These costs do not factor in lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and so forth.
This is why it is so important to hire an experienced brain injury lawyer who is a traumatic brain injury specialist. Not just any personal injury lawyer will do in these cases!