Vehicle crashes are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injury or TBI.
If you have a concussion, symptoms may fade within a few weeks. However, a more serious brain injury may require extremely expensive lifelong treatment.
The need for rehabilitation
When a serious brain injury occurs, the damaged brain cells go to work repairing themselves once your condition becomes stable. In fact, the healthy cells will take on some of the functions the injured cells once performed. However, this healing effort requires assistance, which is where rehabilitation comes in.
A brain injury always results in some form of cognitive trauma; severed connections in the brain block portions of information acquired over a lifetime. Therefore, if you have a severe TBI, you may need help with a variety of issues from memory loss to the daily effort of relearning basic skills.
The extent of the problem
U.S. News reports that the TBI-related fatality rate has steadily increased over the past several years, reaching 17.5 per 100,000 people in the U.S. in 2017. TBI is a leading cause of disability, as well.
Even a concussion can leave you with lifelong thinking and memory issues, but the enduring problems are much more complex if you face severe brain damage. Costs related to medical treatment and rehabilitation can go into the millions of dollars.
The question of compensation
If you suffer a brain injury as the victim of a vehicle crash, your state of health will obviously be your initial concern. You will also want to know who was responsible for your injury. You may need weeks of physical therapy or even an ongoing rehabilitation program.
Your medical expenses may be significant, but you should not have to worry about bills piling up. You have the right to expect full and fair compensation to cover both the current and future costs related to your recovery from a traumatic brain injury.