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How much does a traumatic brain injury cost?

On Behalf of | Dec 9, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Even though your car probably has many safety features, including airbags, you might suffer a potentially catastrophic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S.

If you have a possible TBI, it is important to go to the emergency room for immediate treatment. After all, an untreated TBI can lead to significant complications, including behavioral changes, mood swings and memory loss. How much does treating a TBI cost, though?

Emergency care

When you arrive at the emergency room, you should explain to doctors how your injury happened. You can then expect doctors to order a variety of tests to diagnose your injury properly. These tests are not likely to be cheap, of course. Indeed, you may spend $6,500 or more for an emergency room diagnosis.

Lost wages

It is not uncommon for those with TBIs to miss work. Whether you need time away from your job to recover or to attend medical appointments, lost wages can add up quickly. Unfortunately, you may continue to need time off for weeks or months after sustaining a TBI. If you have a moderate or severe TBI, though, you might never be able to work again.

Ongoing treatment

Successfully treating a TBI can take time. During your recovery, you may need to see specialists, go through rehabilitation or even make modifications to your home. As you probably suspect, ongoing treatment can be exceedingly expensive.

Ultimately, regardless of the total cost of your accident-related TBI, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation to help you pay for the care you deserve.