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Despite positive results, insurers halt payment for brain injury rehab

Thumbnail image for Eley_8212013_2.jpgDespite many of the safety precautions that an employer implements, such as warning signs or requiring hard hats in construction zones, a head injury is a possibility. And while some head injuries may simply require a day off and a pain reliever, other head injuries can cause long-term injuries or disabilities.

For anyone who suffers a serious brain injury, the weeks and months after the accident are crucial. It is within the first year after an injury that neurological recovery more often occurs. For workers who suffer a brain injury, recovery is important to regain memory, motor skills and overall the ability to do their job.

For brain injuries that can result in long-term disability, the answer is often cognitive rehabilitation. This type of therapy focuses on helping the brain relearn everything from lifting a glass to having a conversation. Much of the success of this type of rehabilitation is thought to be because of the multiple techniques used to help the brain heal.

Eley_8212013_1.jpgBut this type of therapy is not cheap. In fact, brain injury victims find themselves losing insurance coverage even though they are starting to see encouraging results. Family and friends are desperate to help their loved ones, but face significant financial challenges trying to maintain the same level of rehabilitation.

The insurance companies are not sure if this type of therapy works. And without more research to show the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation, they are less likely to cover the costs for brain injury victims. This can be devastating to those who are seeing results, but are unable to afford rehabilitation.

Source: turn2023.com, "Brain injury patients fight for therapy time and money," Jeremy Olson, Aug. 19, 2013

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