More than five million Americans have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. For those whose injuries took place prior to their eighteenth birthday, there are a variety of services available in most states. For those whose injuries occurred later in life, there are typically fewer options.
People who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury usually require three separate types of services. These three types are:
- Medical: Individuals who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury often suffer from seizures, migraines, and other ongoing health issues that have to be managed by a doctor
- Psychological: Individuals who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury might need counseling for depression or PTSD, as well as needing behavioral rehabilitation if the injury caused changes in their personality
- Physical and Vocational Rehabilitation: Individuals who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury often need to relearn some daily living skills, as well as requiring assistance learning and relearning the skills necessary to obtain and maintain a job
Medical treatment can be obtained through Medicare or Medicaid if the individual has low income or receives Social Security Disability. If not, the costs of medical care can easily run into the thousands of dollars on a yearly basis. Psychological care is more likely to be paid out of pocket, which is tremendously expensive. Vocational rehabilitation is available in most states, but the qualification process can be extremely daunting for someone who has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury.
If you or someone you know has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, knowing how to proceed is difficult, especially if the injury occurred due to another’s negligence. Reach out to an experienced attorney who can help guide you down the path to get the medical, psychological, and rehabilitative care you need.