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Economic Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain InjuryTraumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability throughout the world. Every year, between 30,000 and 45,000 Canadians sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and these numbers are rising. Moreover, the majority of Canadians who sustain these injuries are under the age of 30. Promoting awareness around TBI and the use of appropriate safety equipment are important steps toward reducing the number of these accidents.

A traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow to the head or penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function. The prevalence of TBI, especially among young people is a growing concern. There was a 17% increase in hospitalizations related to TBI between 1998 and 2005. TBI poses serious social and economic costs to society as a whole, with billions lost in productivity in North America in 2009, but the tremendous personal impact it can have on an individual’s life and well-being is the most devastating.

Following a traumatic brain injury, if the patient becomes partially or fully disabled, significant costs due to nursing or intermediate care, rehabilitation, physical therapy, hospice and other treatment options may be incurred. These expenses, coupled with the loss of full-time earnings often exacerbate an already difficult situation. Data shows the return to work range for individuals who suffered traumatic brain injuries is as low as 12%. As a result, families are often forced to become the primary caregivers for individuals with TBI. Estimates put the cost of caring for a survivor of traumatic brain injury between $600,000 and $1,875,000 over a lifetime.

Because the majority of individuals who suffer a traumatic brain injury are under 30 years of age, in addition to long-term care, specific educational and counseling needs must be met. Students who return to the classroom following TBI can experience difficulty regulating their behavior and teachers often need educating on how to best meet these students’ needs. Moreover, counseling has been shown to be an important component of successful recovery from brain injury. Without adequate funding options, private avenues of treatment can put significant financial strain on a family.

A traumatic brain injury doesn’t just affect a person’s ability to live and work independently, it puts a tremendous emotional and economic strain on those close to the injured person. Consulting a qualified personal injury lawyer immediately following an accident resulting in brain injury is an important part of ensuring successful recovery and treatment. The advice and advocacy a personal injury lawyer can provide may help reduce the economic burdens associated with TBI and ensure the patient’s needs are met and interests protected.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com. To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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