Compensation claims for brain injuries cost more than double other types of damages, according to a report published Friday by the National Council for Compensation Insurance.
The report said that among active claims between 2013 and 2018, 15% of the total injuries for permanent injury included a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A TBI is defined as physical trauma to the head that alters the normal functioning of the brain. Those suffering from TBI may not fully regain their social independence due to long-term side effects such as debilitating cognitive, mood and behavioral problems, according to the report from Boca Raton, Florida-based rating agency.
NCCI research on multi-million dollar "mega" claims found that brain injuries and head injuries, such as TBI, account for a significant proportion, with brain injuries representing 1
In 2018, TBI losses with lost times accounted for nearly 5% of reported medical payments on all nationwide lost times, although they represent only 2.5% of these claims, according to the report.