March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. When you look at the statistics, you begin to get a picture of how pervasive brain injuries are in the United States and the staggering costs, both financially and emotionally, that they inflict.
According to the Brain Injury Association (BIA), some 2.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year. Sadly, 475,000 children are the victims of TBI each year. Staggeringly, 5.3 million people are living with a life-long disability associated with TBI. Each year, some 52,000 individuals die and 275,000 will be hospitalized due to TBI.
The financial costs of TBI can be huge. BIA reports that the average hospital-based acute rehab to care for a TBI cost is about $8,000 per day. Once out of the hospital, a victim may be looking at residential care that can run the gamut from $850 to $2,500 per day. Day treatment therapy programs (without room and board) can run about $600 to $1,000 per day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that direct medical costs and indirect costs associated with TBI in the U.S. total approximately $76.3 billion each year.
Those financial costs speak nothing of the emotional toll a brain injury can wreak on a family. Lives are turned upside down as breadwinners find themselves no longer able to provide for their families. The added stresses and strains caused by the burden of care placed on a family cannot even begin to be quantified.
Most TBIs are caused by falls (35%), followed by car crashes (17%) and then workplace accidents (16%). Assaults and other causes make up the difference.
A TBI can be tragic, especially if that injury was caused by another party’s negligence. A fall caused by improperly maintained property, injuries sustained after a car crash caused by a distracted, negligent, or intoxicated motorist or medical malpractice during birth can all lead to devastating brain trauma.
The Jurewitz Law Group in San Diego believes that those who are responsible for brain injuries should be held accountable for their actions. If you believe you have a case, call us toll-free at (888) 233-5020 or contact us online today to arrange a free consultation concerning your case. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, therapy, hospitalization, pain and suffering, lost future wages, and other damages.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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