Someone who suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will experience monumental medical costs upfront. It is typical for a TBI patient to need extensive hospitalization immediately after the accident that caused the injury, such as a car accident. However, the initial costs for medical care will not likely be the most expensive financial drains when all things are considered.
The truth of TBI injury care that most people do not expect or understand is future and ongoing care will be significant. Medical insurance can quickly be expended, sometimes only in a matter of days or weeks. To make certain you are not stuck with bills you cannot afford or missing out on necessary treatments because your insurance runs out, you must consider pursuing compensation from any liable parties.
To begin, think about the future costs caused by a TBI, such as:
- Rehabilitation: A traumatic brain injury can hinder or eliminate behaviors and abilities many of us take for granted. Day-to-day activities may be a significant challenge for someone with a TBI. Rehabilitative therapies are a great way to relearn or regain talents, but sessions may need to be scheduled routinely – and also for many years, or for the rest of your life. The cost of continued rehabilitation can accrue to extreme amounts.
- Reduced earning potential: Living with a TBI is a challenge when it triggers numerous side effects, such as memory problems. It can be an unreasonable challenge to try to find and keep gainful employment if you have a TBI. Unfortunately, it is possible that your earning potential will be noticeably reduced. This amounts to a real cost that you should be granted through compensation from the liable party.
- Adjustments to living space: If you are facing physical limitations due to you a TBI, then you will need adjustments to your living space and daily routines. For example, you might be dependent on a wheelchair to get around comfortably. As such, you will need to have a wheelchair ramp installed at the front of your property, or an automated chair lift for any staircases. The cost of making these new adjustments to your household can be expensive.
- Lessened enjoyment of life: You must also consider the lasting noneconomic damages caused by your TBI. You may experience a lessened enjoyment of life due to debilitations caused by your injury, as well as a feeling of lingering trauma from the accident. You deserve compensation that considers noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering.
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At The Simon Law Firm in St. Louis, we believe that everyone should be treated fairly and respectfully after suffering a significant injury due to someone else’s mistakes. If you or a loved one have a brain injury and struggle to meet financial obligations due to high medical bills and continued costs of care, please let us know about what happened during a free initial consultation. Using our extensive experience taking on high-stakes injury cases, we can help determine if you have a claim, and what to do next if you do. Contact us today for more information.