The high cost of a brain injury
If you are among the many people across Rhode Island who has experienced a brain injury, you may have at least some idea of just how debilitating and expensive such an injury can prove to be. In addition to potentially leaving you with lifelong complications that can considerably disrupt your overall quality of life, brain injuries are immensely expensive, potentially leaving you and your loved ones with a lifetime of medical bills. At Karns & Kerrison, we understand how much a traumatic brain injury can disrupt your life, and we have helped many brain injury sufferers seek compensation after suffering brain injuries caused by the negligence of others.
Per Northwestern University, brain injuries can result from any number of different circumstances, including falls, assaults, blows to the head and car accidents, among multiple other causes. As for how much a brain injury might run you, financially, research suggests that the average lifetime care costs associated with a traumatic brain injury fall somewhere between $85,000 and $3 million per person.
Furthermore, many brain injury sufferers find that they struggle to reenter the workforce or find gainful employment in the aftermath of their accidents and injuries. While, nationally, the 2015 unemployment rate was just over 5 percent, the national unemployment rate for traumatic brain injury sufferers that same year was 60 percent.
Research also suggests a link between brain injury and homelessness, with as much as 53 percent of America’s homeless population having some type of brain injury. More about head and brain injuries is available on our web page.