We often talk about the causes of car accidents on the blog and about how to protect accident victim recoveries. Today, we want to talk about a specific type of injury that can occur in a car accident. We specifically want to talk about traumatic brain injuries because March is Brain Injury Awareness month.
Accordingly, here are some answers to common questions that we hear about brain injuries:
- How many brain injuries are caused by car accidents? Approximately 17% of the 1.7 million brain injuries sustained in the United States each year are caused by motor vehicle accidents.
- What is a brain injury? A brain injury is any disruption to the normal activity of the brain. It can happen when something penetrates the skull and brain or when the brain hits the skull forcefully.
- What is the recovery from a brain injury like? Brain injuries are unique injuries and everyone’s recovery is different.
- What do brain injuries cost? The CDC estimates that brain injuries cost about $76.3 billion every year. One day in the hospital can exceed $8,000, post-acute residential treatment can be up to $2.500, and even outpatient treatment can be up to $1,000 a day. These costs are only for treatment and don’t account for other damages such as pain, suffering, loss of income and out of pocket costs.
If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury in a Pennsylvania motor vehicle crash then we invite you to contact an experienced PA auto accident lawyer today for a free consultation.