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Brain injury victims see gaps in recovery based on access to care

Getting involved in a serious accident can change a person's life in a matter of moments. This may be particularly true if a person suffers a brain injury. However, as medical professionals gain a better understanding of how to treat brain injuries, accident victims are benefiting from the progress they might be able to make.

In a number of cases, brain injuries cause deficits in cognitive function, speech and language skills and motor skills. Going through advanced therapy can help individuals recover some of these abilities, but the costs of doing so can be staggering. Medical observers are beginning to notice disparities in brain injury patients' recoveries, largely because certain patients can't afford the necessary therapy and insurers may be unwilling to provide coverage.

Take, for example, the case of a teenager who was seriously injured in a skiing accident. The girl is able to talk and walk again, but she still has trouble with certain important cognitive functions. Her insurer has denied coverage for the long-term, in-patient therapy that would help fill in the gaps. Interestingly enough, reports suggest that the fact she has made such significant strides in recovery could have influenced the insurance company's decision to deny coverage.

It's unfortunate that people who are making such tremendous strides in recovery are prevented from gaining access to therapy that will help take them another step forward.

If a brain injury is the result of negligence, it may be beneficial to look into the possibility of a civil claim. A successful personal injury suit could help a person be compensated for the costs of necessary medical treatment. This way, a person may have a better chance at overcoming obstacles.

Source:, "Brain injury patients fight for therapy time and money," Jeremy Olson, Aug. 19, 2013

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