While aggressive treatment for severe
traumatic brain injuries may cost more than traditional care, it leads to significantly better
outcomes, improved quality of life, and lower long term care costs, according to a
new study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of
Pennsylvania. The study, which appears online in the
Journal of Neurosurgery, is the first study to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of intensive TBI care.
“This study clearly shows that aggressive care, for both young and
older patients who suffer a severe traumatic brain injury, provides patients
the best chance at surviving and recovering, and also reduces lifetime
costs associated of TBI treatment,” said Robert Whitmore, MD, Neurosurgery
resident and the study’s lead author.
Despite effective guidelines from the Brain Trauma Foundation, controversy
remains regarding the invasive nature and expensive costs associated with
aggressive treatment. As a result, expensive interventions like intracranial
monitoring and decompressive craniotomies are not routinely performed.
San Diego injury attorneys, we hope that more insurance companies will agree to cover more aggressive
treatments for patients with TBIs. Unfortunately, insurance companies
and other parties that may be responsible for the payment of medical expenses
do not always fulfill their responsibilities. As we previously noted on
this blog, insurance carriers in California and across the country often
deny access to acute rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury patients.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is
crucial to receive the proper medical treatment. If you suspect a medical
error was made regarding a TBI diagnosis or your insurance company is
refusing to pay for TBI treatment, you likely need the assistance of an
experienced personal injury attorney, particularly one who has handled
traumatic brain injury lawsuits.
If you or a member of your family has suffered from a severe head injury,
you may be entitled to compensation.
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