Due to the frequency of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., those who are required to drive as a part of their job responsibilities run the risk of being injured while on the job. Severe auto accidents can cause life-changing harm, in some cases requiring an individual to receive specialized medical care for a lifetime.
One of the most severe injuries an individual can sustain when involved in a motor vehicle accident is a traumatic brain injury. For people in the United States under 45 years of age, TBIs are actually the primary cause of death or disability. Approximately two million people in the U.S. sustain a brain injury of some type annually.
Tragically, around 100,000 people lose their lives as a result of a TBI every year. Another 500,000 people become disabled due to a traumatic brain injury annually.
The majority of traumatic brain injuries – 51 percent specifically – are caused by motor vehicle accidents.
Caring for those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury is costly. Each year, over $30 billion is spent across the country to provide medical treatment and rehabilitative care to those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. The damage caused by a TBI varies in every case. Individuals may require a wide range of care following such an injury, including the involvement of physical therapists, neuropsychologists and speech therapists.
When someone sustains a TBI in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, he or she may be entitled to compensation for the harm caused and to workers’ compensation benefits, depending on the circumstances.
Source: NorthJersey.com, “Car accidents leading cause of traumatic brain injury,” Adam Greenberg, May 3, 2013.