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What is the true cost of a brain injury?

Courts in Rhode Island tend to take brain injuries and head trauma seriously, but sometimes even the heavy weight that courts assign to these issues do not serve the victims adequately. As you probably know, head injuries have some of the most lasting effects on victims.

One of the primary concerns facing a head injury victim is making sure that any compensation or damages the courts awarded are adequate for the intended treatments. For example, you might find a defendant offering an amount that is only adequate for stabilization while the prosecution would ask for enough money to give the victim a chance of a full recovery.

When calculating the lifetime cost of a brain injury, it is essential that you consider many factors:

  • Loss of learning and earning potential
  • Immediate medical costs
  • The price of long-term therapy or treatment
  • Other costs potentially associated with comatose patients
  • The age of the victim

There is no clear answer as to how much a brain injury might cost you over time. As an estimate, northwestern university published an article lifetime cost ranging from $85,000 to 3 million for a traumatic brain injury. On the low end, this might involve brief treatment with a quick recovery. On the high end, it might represent complex surgery or lifelong care.

With a range of costs as massive as this, it should come as no surprise that the process for medical malpractice cases in Rhode Island tends to be long and heavily negotiated. Please do not take this as advice relevant to any specific case. It is only general information.


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