What is the economic impact of TBIs on patients and families?

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | in Personal Injury |

Traumatic brain injuries are not only challenging from a medical standpoint but also create significant economic burdens for both patients and their families.

The costs start accumulating from the moment of injury and can continue to affect the family’s finances for years.

Immediate and long-term medical costs

Right after a TBI occurs, emergency medical care becomes necessary, which may include ambulance services, emergency room care and immediate surgeries or treatments. These initial costs can be staggering. However, the financial impact does not stop there. Long-term care needs, such as rehabilitation, medication and follow-up surgeries, add to the economic strain. Patients may require services like physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy, which may continue for months or even years.

Loss of income and employment

A significant aspect of the economic impact comes from the loss of income. Many TBI patients find it difficult or impossible to return to their jobs, either temporarily or permanently. This loss of income, coupled with increased medical expenses, can lead to financial instability. Families often struggle as they may need to reduce work hours or quit jobs to care for the injured person, multiplying the financial hardships.

Additional costs

Beyond medical bills and lost wages, there are other costs associated with TBIs that are often overlooked. These might include modifications to homes to accommodate mobility limitations, specialized transportation needs and hiring in-home care assistance. Families may also face unexpected expenses such as traveling for medical treatments and prolonged hospital stays.

Insurance and financial aid

While health insurance can cover some of the medical expenses related to TBIs, families often find that many costs are only partially covered or not covered at all. Navigating insurance claims and securing enough coverage can also be stressful and time-consuming. Some families turn to financial aid programs or disability benefits, but these resources can be limited and not meet all needs. Patients may require legal assistance to seek compensation from those who caused the injury.

The economic impact of a traumatic brain injury is profound and extensive, touching every aspect of a family’s financial life. Understanding these potential costs can help families prepare and seek appropriate support.