3 Major Costs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), their life may be changed forever. Their cognitive abilities may decline, their motor skills may be impaired, and they may require years of physical and mental rehabilitation. In addition to the physical and emotional toll that TBIs can have on victims and their families, the financial consequences are also extreme.
Some of the biggest TBI-related expenses include:
- A lifetime of lost wages: Many TBI victims become permanently disabled and are unable to do the jobs they did before or work at all. And when those victims don’t have disability insurance, their families often struggle to replace their lost income.
- A lifetime of medical care: Some TBI victims are able to live independently and can eventually stop physical therapy. However, other TBI victims need lifelong care. They may require assistance with eating, dressing, bathing, and more. When their families can’t provide this assistance, they may need to hire help.
- A lifetime of specialized equipment and home modifications: When TBIs severely affect victims’ motor skills, they may need specialized equipment, including walkers, wheelchairs, ramps, modified showers and tubs, and more. These costs are often ongoing and can be extremely expensive.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury lawyers know how financially devastating TBIs can be for victims and their families. If your family is dealing with a TBI, it’s important to get an experienced law firm on your side. We’re here to help, and you can contact us 24/7 for a free consultation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Aren’t Always Obvious After Accidents
Many people assume that the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are immediate and obvious. And while that’s the case after some traumatic brain injuries, it’s not true in all cases. For some victims, the effects of a TBI are subtle and take time to become apparent.
In addition, it’s common for victims and their loved ones to believe that a TBI didn’t occur because their heads didn’t make contact with anything during their crash. Or, if they did contact the interior of the vehicle, it was the airbag, which is designed to cushion blows and reduce the severity of injuries.
It’s important to note that many TBIs occur not because of hard impacts, but because of the movement of the brain inside the skull. This movement can happen due to sudden decelerations or stops, which are common in crashes when drivers slam on their brakes or collide with other vehicles.
These types of TBIs are called “closed brain injuries” because they don’t involve a break or damage to the skull itself. People who suffer closed brain injuries experience bruising and tearing of brain tissue and blood vessels, which can result in the death of brain cells and impaired brain function.
After a crash, it’s important to monitor yourself and others for signs and symptoms of a TBI. Even minor TBIs can be symptomatic, and victims may experience headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light, and more. In some cases, minor TBIs can worsen, or severe TBIs may not appear serious at first but may become more symptomatic as time passes.
After a suspected TBI, get checked out by a doctor right away and then contact the experienced Roanoke brain injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm. We know what your family is going through, and we want to help you get compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injury Claims Must Factor in Lifetime Compensation
Few injuries can be as permanently devastating for victims and their families as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The effects of TBIs can be extremely hard to predict, as some victims may initially present with few symptoms but worsen over time. Other victims may recover some or all function, while others experience no change from their initial symptoms.
However, a large percentage of TBI victims suffer some degree of permanent disability or challenges related to their injuries. Whether it’s cognitive changes, personality changes, or fine-motor skill changes, TBIs can dramatically impact victims’ lives for the worse. They may be unable to work, and their relationships with their families and friends may suffer.
In addition to these changes, victims also may need care for the rest of their lives. Whether it’s in-house care for severe TBIs or frequent specialist visits for moderate TBIs, victims often need professional assistance to manage their conditions and to regain function.
The cost of a TBI can be enormous, especially when it makes a victim unable to work. Many law firms build TBI claims the same way they do other claims—to get quick paydays. But at Skolrood Law Firm, we work hard to ensure our clients get maximum compensation for all the costs of their injuries, both today and many years in the future.