The Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on Families
Suffering serious injury in an accident is life-altering enough when the injuries require ongoing medical care. But in the case of a brain injury, the body can be allowed to heal while the mind remains permanently impaired. With little or no hope for full recovery, victims, their families, and their caregivers are forced to dramatically alter their lives in order to deal with the results of a brain injury.
Unless we are directly affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI), we typically are not aware of exactly how much they can impact the lives of the victims and those around them. Many people are also not aware of how common these injuries are. Statistics show that TBI occurs at the rate of one every 15 seconds, and that men are almost twice as likely to incur them as women.
The Cost of Medical Care Compounds the Suffering
But the most alarming statistic of all is the astronomical medical costs associated with brain injury. Because extensive medical care is often necessary for the remainder of the victim’s life, costs can sometimes skyrocket into the millions of dollars. This financial devastation only adds to the heartbreak of traumatic brain injury.
Even if an individual is not completely incapacitated from a brain injury and is not left in a vegetative state, there will likely still be ongoing costs that may continue for decades. Treatment can easily exceed several hundred thousand dollars just to initially treat and stabilize a patient. Depending on the level of care required, ongoing treatment can quickly drain a family financially. In fact, medical issues remain a top cause of bankruptcy in the United States according to multiple studies.
Insurance Coverage Is Often Inadequate
While insurance does help with the financial requirements, it is not always enough to meet all of a family’s needs. In the event that the injury occurred at home, the patient’s homeowners’ policy might also help to meet some of the financial demands.
In order to be properly prepared in the unfortunate event that someone in your family is the victim of TBI, you need to have sufficient medical coverage in place to ensure that they will be able to receive the level of ongoing treatment necessary. If the brain injury is due to the actions or negligence of another individual, as in a car accident, you have to take the necessary steps to ensure that your family’s financial future is protected.
Always Seek Professional Advice
If you find yourself faced with caring for a loved one with a brain injury, contact an experienced attorney with a track record in this type of case to handle your claim. He or she will work on the victim’s behalf to make sure that they receive the care and attention that they need and deserve.
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Contact Robert Mandell for a Free Evaluation of Your Case
Robert Mandell is a personal injury and wrongful death attorney, and lead litigator at The Mandell Law Firm in Woodland Hills. He is experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of personal injury law, with an emphasis on spinal cord injury and TBI. Call him for a free evaluation of your claim. It’s important to work with a personal injury attorney who has demonstrated a determination to fight for his clients. Robert Mandell and the team at Mandell Law will fight to protect your rights. To arrange a free consultation, contact Robert Mandell at The Mandell Law Firm in Woodland Hills. 818.886.6600.