In May of last year, we wrote a post about a drunk driving accident in Texas that resulted in a $2 million settlement. The underlying injury in that case was a traumatic brain injury, and it serves as an example of a larger phenomenon: the enormous financial costs that can arise in connection with brain injury accidents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not only concerned with illnesses connected to infectious diseases, but it also reports on many types of debilitating events that can overtake Americans, including brain injuries. In one year alone, for which the CDC has kept statistics, the financial figures for severe traumatic brain injuries nationwide have been staggering: more than $75 billion was spent. The lion's share of that money was connected to both direct and indirect medical expenses for hospitalization and treatment.