After the initial shock of the accident wore off, the new reality of your life came crashing down around you. Your loved one suffered a brain injury, and now he or she faces a long, difficult road of recovery. The extent to which your loved one will recover is unknown.
While many people with serious or repeated head trauma return to their normal routine, over 5.3 million people of all ages suffer with disabilities from brain injuries for the rest of their lives. Research shows that patients and their families have less stress and fewer economic burdens when the patients are able to return to what they consider to be a productive life.
Assessing the damage
Helping your loved one back to his or her old self will require a saint's patience and a network of resources. Your loved one may require physical therapy, speech therapy or other types of rehabilitation. Brain injuries can affect so many areas of a person's life, including:
- Occupational skills
Depending on the severity of the injury, as well as the age and general health of your loved one, these areas may be more or less impaired. It is impossible for doctors to predict how seriously or permanently an injury may impact your loved one's daily life.
The heavy price tag of a brain injury
Because your loved one has suffered a brain injury, you can expect to pay between $85,000 and $3 million for care and treatment. While it may be distasteful to you to put a price tag on the health and wellness of your loved one, the reality is that medical care is expensive, and you undoubtedly want your loved one to have the best care possible.
If the accident that caused the brain injury occurred because of someone else's negligence or disregard for others, your family has probably suffered through many emotions. It may be time to allow someone else to carry part of the burden for you. Enlisting the help of a compassionate attorney may allow you to provide the highest quality care for your loved one by seeking compensation for the injuries and suffering your family has endured.