Study Reveals Disparities in Access to Care and Recovery for Child Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury
As Utah traumatic brain injury attorneys, we have handled many cases involving children here in our state, and in the Rocky Mountain region. The hurt and suffering caused by these incidents – especially when negligence was involved
– is overwhelming, and many life circumstances can further impede proper recovery and positive outcomes.
Newsweek reported recently on a study by the University of Washington, concluding that socio-economic conditions can impact follow-up care for children who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. The study, published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, surveyed 300 health care providers (including physical therapy and mental health providers) around Washington state. It revealed the following trends:
- Only 46% of providers accepted children covered by Medicaid.
- Less than 20% of providers accepted Medicaid and were equipped to provide service for non-English speaking families
- Children covered by Medicaid had access to fewer rehabilitation services
The importance of proper long-term care and treatment following a traumatic brain injury cannot be overstated, and we are troubled by what this study indicates.
At Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson we are committed to helping TBI victims and their families recover all the damages due them and ensuring they are provided with the best possible opportunities for recovery and care. Jeffrey Eisenberg of our firm is a former President of the Utah Brain Injury Alliance and has taught best practices in traumatic brain injury litigation to lawyers in seminars in Utah, Idaho and New York. Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson has successfully litigated dozens of cases involving traumatic brain injuries.
Contact us or call (801) 901-3470 if you or someone in your family has been the victim of a traumatic brain injury caused by the negligence or actions of another party.