When people suffer traumatic brain injuries in Louisiana, they may worry about their financial future. How will they care for their families? How will they care for themselves? Will they become an economic burden on their loved ones? These are just some of the many questions a person may feel overwhelmed by.
According to the CDC, these concerns are not without merit. TBI accounts for 288,000 hospitalizations and a significant portion of lifelong disabilities. Some people with TBI only suffer short-term symptoms and then make a full or near-full recovery. For others, TBI may have long-lasting effects that seriously compromise their quality of life.
Severe TBI can take an economic toll on both individuals and their families. Direct and indirect medical costs can add up to $76.5 billion. Some of the long-term effects include damage to motor function, reduced cognitive function, impaired senses or changed behavior. Any of these can make it difficult for a person to continue to work in their field or to seek employment elsewhere.
A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine identifies the persistent disabilities as the real cause of the economic burden families face after TBI. In the study, eight years after the injury causing the TBI, researchers discovered the following:
- 45.1% of all participants had a job
- 48.7% of participants under 65 had a job
- 41.5% of participants felt compelled to change their jobs after the TBI
Even though less than half of participants remained employed, researchers gathered enough information to identify some of the difficulties they struggled with. Workers had to contend with exhaustion, emotional irregularities, difficulty concentrating, memory problems and an inability to multitask.
It is no wonder than that so many individuals and their families seek compensation after TBI. Without it, it may prove difficult to cover not just the cost of health care, but the additional strain of a potential lifelong financial dependent in the family.