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The Costly Toll of a Traumatic Brain Injury

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Traumatic brain injuries are often the result of accidents or even acts of violence. Falls, contact sports and vehicular accidents are among the most common causes of such injuries. The effects will vary, some of them are manageable and others are life-changing or even fatal.

These effects include motor impairment (like paralysis and vision problems), physical effects (such as chronic pain, seizures, and hormonal changes), and cognitive or speech effects (memory loss, confusion, and aphasia).

Managing these effects and complications can be exorbitantly expensive. Successful brain injury lawyers make it their mission to bring people responsible for such injuries to justice, allowing clients to meet the costs. But how do you manage its effects and your finances?

Traumatic and Expensive Injury

The costs of dealing with a traumatic brain injury can be separated into two categories: in-hospital costs and rehabilitation costs.

The first deals with medical treatments and procedures performed inside a hospital or similar institution. These costs can cover the surgery or procedure needed to treat complications, such as lacerations, fractures, and other injuries. They also include tests, such as X-rays, CT-scans, and similar technology.  The costs of these treatments and procedures can range from anywhere between $2,130 to as much as $401,808. These costs depend on what treatments you receive and the seriousness of your injury.

The rehabilitation costs are made up of the cost of readjusting to life under your new conditions. Traumatic brain injuries can drastically alter your way of life, either due to physical complications, such as motor loss or through mental impairments, such as memory loss and alterations to cognitive processes. This could make checking in to a rehabilitation center the best choice. The average cost for accommodations, food, and maintenance fees in a medical facility averages $1,600 a day. The more severe the injury and its effects, the longer you or your loved one has to stay at such a facility.

Managing Finances After a Brain Injury

The combined costs of immediate medical treatment, as well as rehabilitation fees, can quickly drain your finances without proper management. When a loved one suffers from a traumatic brain injury, you need to work quickly to get your finances in order.

Here are a few ways to manage fiscal impact of the injury:

  • Plan a reasonable budget allowance, considering any continuous costs to rehabilitation, such as administrative fees and medication. Cut down on unnecessary expenditures.
  • Apply for Social Security Disability and claim insurance as soon as possible to have access to necessary funds.
  • Speak with medical professionals about alternative and cheaper treatments whenever possible. Ask if you can relocate some of the therapy at home to reduce costs.
  • Approach social service providers and health networks aimed at helping people in your situation. They can be wellsprings of information, emotional support, and sometimes financial aid.
  • Communicate with friends, family, and loved ones about your situation and ask for their support during this tough time.

Another way to secure enough funds to manage the costs of a traumatic brain injury is to bring the people or organization responsible to justice. If you believe that the injury was caused by a preventable accident in the workplace, a deliberate attack, or a similarly actionable occurrence, a good lawyer can be the best way to receive the compensation you deserve.

Get the Compensation You Deserve

Haffner Lawyers has a team of experienced litigators ready to fight for your cause in court. With our efforts, we’ll help you get compensation for your suffering and financial losses.

Find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation by calling us today at 1-800-HAFFNER.

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