Every year thousands in Idaho suffer from a head and brain injury (commonly referred to as Traumatic Brain Injuries or TBIs). The signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury vary greatly from case to case and obvious symptoms may not be immediately apparent after an accident. After head trauma, new TBI symptoms may emerge even months later. That is why it is important to seek medical evaluation any time there is a blow to the head or other potential cause of brain injury.
If you or a family member have suffered head trauma of any kind, after seeking medical attention, call Litster Frost Injury Lawyers. We have helped many brain injury victims throughout Idaho win compensation for the many serious consequences that can come from traumatic brain injury. Your path to recovery will be much smoother with the right support.
Traumatic Brain Injury in Idaho
The Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho reports that 16,800-35,000 individuals in Idaho are living with traumatic brain injury. A study in The Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy named Idaho 7th out of the 50 states in the highest number of per capita hospitalizations involving TBI and connected this fact to the rural nature of the state. It mentions, “As a rural state, Idahoans are at higher risk for TBI compared to other populations; rural people are particularly vulnerable to chronic illnesses and diseases and are at increased risk for injury-associated disability due to limited healthcare access and availability.”
Some have connected the high propensity for outdoor, adventure, and risk-oriented sports in the state to the relatively high percentage of brain injuries.
Litster Frost and Idaho Brain Injury Cases
Brain injury cases can be difficult. But our attorneys have the experience needed to understand the nuance of how insurance companies operate in these cases. Insurance carriers commonly use strategies to attribute issues stemming from brain injury to a pre-existing physical or psychological condition. They may even attempt to dig up medical records from your elementary school days in an attempt to do so.
An experienced brain injury litigation attorney team can deal with these obstacles that insurance companies cause.
Give us a call at (208) 333-3333 or contact us through our website and a member of our friendly team will get back to you quickly. You shouldn’t have to live with the repercussions of traumatic brain injury without help, and with us at your side, there’s a good chance you won’t have to.
Financial Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury
About half of the 50 states have funding delegated to TBI patient programs. However, Idaho does not. Therefore, for most TBI sufferers in Idaho, care is dependant on their ability to individually get specialized help without support from state-sponsored programs.
According to Neurology, and based on figures obtained from hospital charges, “the median length of hospitalization was 16 days” and “The median hospitalization cost per TBI patient including emergency services was $162,523.” That’s an enormous amount of money. Even if insurance covers 80 percent of the costs after your deductible (which may itself be four or five figures), that leaves a significant hospital bill.
• The Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho further reports that 3.2 million Americans currently require help performing daily activities as a result of their brain injuries.
• After an average hospital stay of 3-4 days, “Nearly one-third cannot go home and are discharged to intermediate care, skilled nursing, or prescribed home health. Eighteen percent die.”
• Additionally, 42% of survey respondents from a 250-person sample of brain injury victims in Idaho reported living below the poverty line, meaning almost half of those injured couldn’t afford their lives even before they were hurt.
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Comparative Negligence Rule
COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE RULE
Idaho follows the comparative negligence rule, which means that a court will look at both parties’ actions and level of fault in the case of a motorcycle accident.
Even if you were both driving irresponsibly, if the other driver was driving more carelessly, then you may still have a case. It’s important to recognize, however, that any fault on your part will limit the amount of damages which you can receive.
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