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Study: When it comes to TBI rehab, not all children treated equally

Given the nearly incomprehensible complexity of the human brain, is it surprising at all that brain injury victims in New York and elsewhere often need to undergo therapy and rehabilitation following head-related trauma?

Moreover, is it all surprising that children suffering traumatic brain injuries often have an especially compelling need to stay in close touch with medical professionals -- and sometimes for a significant period -- in the aftermath of a TBI or other brain injury? After all, and in comparison with older patient populations, their brains are still in an adolescent stage and progressively developing.

Medical experts don't mince words on the subject or their strong admonition that proper post-injury treatment is an imperative for a brain-injured juvenile.

"Rehabilitation after a brain injury is incredibly important, especially for kids with moderate to severe brain injuries," says commentator Megan Moore, a professor and principal at an injury prevention center in Seattle.

Moore' comment is especially germane in light of the central finding in a recent study she helped write, which is, sadly, this: Children from comparatively low-income households marked by low English proficiency often "face significant barriers in getting the care they need" following a brain injury.

A predominant reason for that, at least across the broad measuring area encompassed within Moore's analysis, is that many treatment facilities shy away from Medicaid recipients and demonstrate a preference for patients who are privately insured.

No child with a compelling need for rehabilitative services should face barriers that adversely impact on brain-injury treatment.

Any proven personal injury attorney who routinely advocates on behalf of brain injury victims knows intimately the challenges and obstacles they face regarding the resources needed to ensure proper care following an injury.

Aggressive and knowledgeable legal counsel can help secure those resources and fully promote the best interests of a brain injury client.

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