San Diego injury lawsuit awards must factor expensive TBI long term care cost.

California – July 31, 2022

A recent review of scholarly literature reveals that healthcare consumption and in-hospital costs for traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients is high and varies by length of stay and surgical intervention.  When a personal injury accident causes a victim to experience TBI, insurance companies and legal experts must work together to ascertain a suitable award to compensate a victim for their loss and ongoing necessary medical care, treatment, and lifestyle changes. The total medical expenses for a traumatic brain injury can widely vary depending upon the severity of the injury and the lasting residual damage to the victim, but easily range from thousands of dollars to a few million causing a devastating financial burden on a victim’s loved ones. Rehabilitation costs remain high and residual damage may require continued therapies for months or years beyond the time of the accident.  This is only one component to determine the damage award requested by a California personal injury attorney and will also consider loss of income, which, if a professional occupation change is necessary can be costly.

Automobile accidents are responsible for at least half of reported TBIs, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of TBI, resulting in hospitalization.  A car accident attorney can answer questions regarding options for compensation of injuries and related expenses.

Invisible injury.

Accident victims should be aware that they may have an invisible injury after an accident. They should take the time to be screened by a medical professional and speak with an accident lawyer to make certain they did not suffer bodily harm that may cause ill-effects at some time in the future. Traumatic brain injuries can be referred to as invisible injuries because they cannot be seen without invasive diagnostic testing. Brain injuries require assessment and treatment by trained health care professionals. Traumatic brain injury symptoms could present as emotional changes in mood, and irritability, reveal in physical manifestations such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue, as well as cognitive signs involving memory problems and difficulty with attention.

Damages award.

Blunt trauma is a serious type of head injury that can occur in an automobile accident when a moving head strikes a stationary object like the windshield. It is important for accident victims to receive proper diagnostic screening even when injuries seem minor because TBI, referred to as an invisible epidemic, may have caused more damage than is visible. Head injuries can have short and long-term negative effects on accident victims and TBI-related disability can cause enormous financial burdens for victims and families. If the personal injury litigation attorney is successful, an insurance settlement claim or jury award will address the losses that include expenses for  medical treatment, future medical expenses, changes in life expenses, lost and future wages, and compensation for any future loss of companionship, comfort, and affection.

Hire a lawyer.

Talk to a lawyer immediately after a car crash involving pedestrian injury, as they are familiar with California accident laws. The Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates will take action to build a winning personal injury case against the negligent driver. California law requires that drivers have a way to cover costs related to damages, or injuries they have caused in a car accident and legal counsel can communicate with insurance companies on a victim’s behalf to secure damage compensation for injuries.


Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, a Professional Law Corporation

501 West Broadway, Suite 1650

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-233-8021

Fax: 619-233-3730


  1. In-hospital costs after severe traumatic brain injury: A systematic review and quality assessment – PMC (nih.gov)
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pubs/tbi_report_to_congress.html
  3. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&sectionNum=20001