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Traumatic Brain Injuries and Car Crashes

Updated February 20, 2021 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

One of the most devastating injuries you can suffer due to an auto accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Annually, there are an estimated 2.5 million people seen in emergency rooms suffering from TBIs and reportedly more than 50,000 deaths annually. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that auto accidents are the third leading cause of TBIs and the second leading cause of death from traumatic brain injuries.

Long-Term Consequences

There are significant costs associated with caring for someone with a TBI. In addition to long-term care, your loved one may need rehabilitation therapy and round-the-clock nursing care as well as other medical assistance. The long-term symptoms of a serious TBI include the following:

  • Emotional issues: Victims can suffer personality changes, bouts of depression, anxiety, and other symptoms. Those who suffer from a TBI may have difficulty in social situations and may act out aggressively.
  • Sensation issues: Often, victims suffer a loss of hearing or vision and problems with touch or perception. Light or sound sensitivity are also potential symptoms.
  • Cognitive issues: Victims often face challenges with attention span, memory, and reasoning.
  • Motor function issues: Those who suffer a TBI may have to deal with impaired balance and other motor function problems

Recent studies show that TBIs also have an effect on other organ systems, hormonal signals, and the skeletal system. TBIs are damaging to brain functioning, and our brain is interconnected with our entire body. When parts of the brain that control features like hormones and building the skeletal system, those areas of the body are affected as well.

Long-Term Costs

Financially, a TBI can wipe out a family’s savings and result in thousands of dollars on a monthly basis in additional medical and therapy costs. In a study done in 2019, in-hospital costs ranged roughly between $2,100 and $401,800. In some cases, your insurance may not be sufficient to cover this type of injury.

Working closely with an attorney who understands the personal injury statutes in Indiana can make the difference between recovering financially after this type of tragedy or suffering long-term financial pain in addition to the physical limitations imposed by a TBI. A lawyer will be able to help you understand the long-term impact of a TBI and the amount of money that will be needed for a lifetime of care.

Contact A Brain Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain injury, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Brain Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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