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New study: Children who suffer a traumatic brain injury

With every passing day, more research is being conducted and findings released regarding traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Much of the research centers around NFL players and adults who suffer this kind of injury. However, as some Maryland readers may know, not as much focus has been on what happens when a child suffers a traumatic brain injury.

Children who suffer from a traumatic brain injury typically face a long and sometimes difficult path to recovery. Children may require mental health treatment as well as physical therapy. It may take months or even years to get back on track. However, when the children come from a lower-income household with a limited amount of English proficiency, significant barriers may arise in attempting to get the care needed.

These were the results of a new study at the University of Washington. It found that a little less than 20 percent of rehab providers in the state were willing to accept Medicaid while also providing language translators for the children who had suffered traumatic brain injuries. Only 8 percent provided the often necessary mental health services, while Spanish-speaking patients needed to travel significantly farther in order to access any services.

Rehabilitation after a child suffers a traumatic brain injury is crucial, especially for those who suffered moderate to severe injuries. When there is limited availability of services, that directly impacts the child's outcome. When a Maryland resident's child suffers a traumatic brain injury, it is highly advised that medical attention is sought immediately. Further, an experienced personal injury attorney can assess the validity of a potential claim for damages and provide ongoing advice and support in the event that a civil claim is appropriate given the circumstances.

Source: washington.edu, "Study shows disparities in treatment for children with traumatic brain injuries", Deborah Bach, May 23, 2016

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