How much it costs to treat a brain injury can range from hundreds to millions of dollars – it is reliant on the severity of the injury and your prognosis. Many amounts are
greater than what the average household has aside for medical expenses.
However, there may be a way out for those who sustained their brain injury in an accident caused by another person’s negligence. Accident victims can file a personal injury lawsuit and pursue compensation for their injuries. Our lawyers will handle these responsibilities, among others, as you get treatment.
Your Brain Injury Might Have Called for Emergency Care
You might have had to rush to the nearest emergency room for life-saving medical care after sustaining a brain injury. Emergency room trauma doctors work to stabilize the patient’s vital signs, minimize secondary symptoms, and prevent additional head or neck injuries.
What Happens in Extreme Brain Injury Cases
Excessive brain swelling can be deadly or lead to dangerous secondary symptoms. So, doctors will often give diuretics, or other prescription medications. This can reduce pressure on the brain. Because head injuries can cause seizures, patients may also receive anti-seizure medications for several weeks.
In extreme cases, doctors may have to induce a coma and wait for the swelling to go down. They may also drill a hole in the skull to:
- Relieve pressure
- Drain pooling cerebral spinal fluid
- Give the swollen brain tissue more space
The cost of the initial emergency care, hospitalization, and related surgical procedures, may reach up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Medical care costs can be even higher in the most serious cases.
Rehabilitation After Suffering a Brain Injury
Brain injuries can cause a wide variety of long-lasting physical, cognitive, communicative, and emotional impairments. This can make it difficult, if not impossible, for brain injury victims to function normally in their daily lives. In some cases, teams of rehabilitative specialists can help patients overcome some injury-related deficits and relearn basic life skills over time.
These specialists can include:
- Speech and language pathologists
- Rehabilitation nurses
- TBI nurse specialists
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Vocational counselors
- Social workers and case managers
- Recreational therapists
Having access to these and other rehabilitative services may be the best chance some brain injury patients have for recovery. However, the costs can put patients and their loving families between a rock and a hard place.
Seeking Damages After a Brain Injury
You can seek a recovery for all the past and projected medical bills you incur following a brain injury. Further, the effects of this injury can manifest in other areas of your life, and you should be able to recoup the costs of these losses.
Some of which are:
Lost Wages and Loss of Earning Capacity
The costs of treating a brain injury could be astronomical. Also, many brain injury patients may be unable to work and receive a much-needed income due to related physical and cognitive impairments.
You could pursue a recovery for missed:
- Hourly pay
- Business opportunities
- Vacation time
If you can’t return to your old job and need to accept one that doesn’t pay as much, we can request compensation for the difference.
How Your Brain Injury Affected You Non-Economically Should Also Be Considered
The brain injury itself and the effect the treatment has on you can take a toll on you psychologically and physically. Our attorneys can determine how much compensation you can request for your non-economic damages based on your testimony and financial state.
These losses might include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Your damages are not limited to what we mention here. After reviewing your case, a personal injury lawyer on our team can see what other forms of compensation you can collect.
If You Decide to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
Retaining legal services isn’t required after suffering a brain injury, but it can certainly help, especially if your injury is severe.
While you are in treatment, our attorneys can:
- Gather evidence that demonstrates who is responsible for your brain injury
- Handle all communication with the other party, their legal team, and/or their insurance representatives
- Quantify all your losses
- Manage settlement negotiations with the other party’s insurance company
- Help you adhere to the general two-year statute of limitations imposed by IC § 34-11-2-4
- Answer your questions, phone calls, and/or emails as soon as possible
- Keep you posted about any changes in your case
We can carry out these services at no upfront or hourly fee. Your lawyer will take their payment only if they secure a compensatory award for you.
Get Answers from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. After You Sustain a Brain Injury
Our team can determine how much compensation you can obtain after knowing how much it will cost to treat your brain injury. To learn more about your legal options in a free consultation, reach out to Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. today at 317-720-3229.