Head injuries are some of the most horrific and devastating injuries accident
victims can endure. The long-term ramifications of
head injuries are not always apparent in the days and even weeks following an accident.
Yet traumatic brain injuries can prevent accident victims from working,
enjoying their lifestyle, and even performing their basic daily care.
It is estimated that every year 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic
brain injury of some kind. This can occur as a concussion or a more serious
closed head injury. The costs associated with more severe head injuries
have cost victims in the United States up to $76.5 billion a year.
In the weeks following a severe head injury, accident victims and their
families can expect to pay up to $162,000 for the first few weeks of hospitalization.
Afterwards, two weeks of in-patient rehabilitation will cost roughly $60,000.
Yet the costs don’t end there. Head injuries can take a long time
to heal, and some of the damage may be permanent. Families caring for
their injured loved ones may need to take them to outpatient therapy daily
and even hire in-home nursing staff to tend to their basic needs.
The Brain Injury Association of America estimates that traumatic brain
injury victims will spend up to $1.8 million throughout their lives on
medical care, rehabilitation, and disability. This doesn’t include
lost wages or the missed time from work that loved ones must endure while
they care for you.
These costs—both direct and indirect must be taken into consideration
before agreeing to any settlement with the insurance company. Insurance
companies notoriously try to lowball head injury victims. They realized
that head injury costs could quickly escalate; therefore, it is in their
best interest to reach a settlement quickly and for as little money as possible.
If you or someone you love has sustained a head injury in an accident,
you need an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney on your
side. The injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal have been successfully fighting
for the rights of injured accident victims in South Florida for more than
two centuries combined.
Give us a call today to find out how we can assist you!