Brain Injuries Mean Huge Medical Bills
Almost 2.5 million people in the United States suffer from some type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. The majority of these injuries are caused by falls, car crashes or accidents where the victim is struck by or against an object. Over 50,000 of these individuals will die from their injuries, but those who survive will face a future of huge medical bills, including:
- Prolonged medical treatment
- Lifelong or long-term assistance with normal daily activities
- Long-term rehabilitation
The Expensive and Long Journey Back
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the direct and indirect costs for medical treatment for brain injuries is estimated at $76.5 billion annually. Out of this, 90% is attributed to direct medical costs for hospitalizations. After leaving the hospital, almost half the individuals who have suffered a TBI will continue to suffer from a related disability for at least one year after being injured.
Many brain-injured individuals will require long-term treatment or therapy for:
- Cognitive function (loss of memory or ability to keep focus)
- Motor function (problems with weakness, balance or coordination)
- Emotional disturbances (anxiety, depression, change in personality, aggression, lack of impulse control)
- Sensory functions (impaired vision, hearing, touch or perception)
Better Outcomes with Aggressive Care
A University of Pennsylvania study reveals that TBI patients have better outcomes with aggressive care versus routine care. While aggressive treatment is more expensive, it helps reduce future medical costs for the patients in the long-term. However, gaining access to this care is not always available to all patients because of roadblocks they may encounter with their insurers. This is where having a Utah personal injury attorney to fight for your right to proper treatment can make a huge difference.
Most insurers, along with Medicare and Medicaid will cover the surgery and intensive care services that are needed to save the life of a TBI patient but extended treatment is another story. They tend to resist spending too much on needed rehabilitation programs. Instead, many TBI patients are discharged after 16 days in a rehabilitation hospital and do not receive further services. An intensive rehab program may cost between $600 to $8,000 per day.
If you or a loved one suffer a traumatic brain injury, you do not have to settle for sub-par treatment options. Let an experienced Utah personal injury attorney from Eisenberg Gilchrist & Cutt fight for your rights.