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The Costs of Traumatic Brain Injury

At the Shea Law Group we are personal injury lawyers, and in our 20 years of practice we have become aware of the frightening costs of traumatic traumatic brain injuries injuries (TBIs).

Annually, about 1.7 million Americans suffer TBIs, and unfortunately, the effects are not always visible and frequently go unreported and untreated. Further, compared to all injury-related hospitalizations, TBI-related stays are longer, more expensive and patients are more likely to die. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) TBIs are a contributing factor in about 30% of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.

Main Causes of TBIs

Aside from military service, the following are the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries.

  • Motor vehicle accidents – These may involve anything from a high-speed highway crash to a two-vehicle accident in your neighborhood.
  • Pedestrian or bicycle accidents – Pedestrians and cyclists are particularly vulnerable to brain injury if struck by a careless driver.
  • Motorcycle accidents – Drivers who are careless or inattentive put motorcyclists at risk for accidents and brain injuries.
  • Medical malpractice – A doctor’s or a hospital’s mistake can leave a patient vulnerable to traumatic brain injury, especially in cases where the brain may be deprived of oxygen because of error or negligence during surgery.
  • Work-place accidents – An employer’s negligence and/or safety violations can lead to serious accidents and possible brain injury.

Potential Effects of a Severe TBI

For those hospitalized with a TBI, about 43% have a related disability one-year after their accident. A severe TBI can lead to either short-range or long-range issues including:

  • Cognitive function, including memory and attention.
  • Motor function that may affect things such as weakness in the extremities and impaired coordination and balance.
  • Sensation, such as impairment of vision, hearing, perception and touch.
  • Emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety, aggression and impulse control.

At the Shea Law Group we are personal injury lawyers handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries caused by either an accident or an act of negligence. Brain injuries can be very expensive to treat, and victims often face a long road to recovery. Working with one of our experienced attorneys who has handled cases similar to yours will ensure that your rights to seek justice and fair compensation are protected.

Email or call us at 1-877-365-0040 for your free initial consultation and let us help you get back on the road to recovery.