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 South Florida 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, South Florida accident victims
and their families can expect to pay up to $162,000 for the first few
weeks of hospitalization. Afterwards, 2 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.
Contact South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you love has sustained a head injury in an accident,
you need an experienced South Florida personal injury attorney on your
side. The injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal have been successfully fighting
for the rights of injured accident victims in Fort Lauderdale, Miami,
Palm Beach, and throughout South Florida. To learn more about your legal
options, call our South Florida personal injury attorneys at
(954) 715-4511 or
888-522-6601 for a free consultation.