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The very real costs of brain and spinal injury care

When a serious accident occurs and an individual brain and/or spine is injured as a result, the costs associated with caring for that injury can be astronomical. This is one of the reasons that victims of brain and spinal cord injuries often opt to hold negligent parties that contributed to the development of their injuries accountable in court. Without proper and justified damage awards, many brain and spinal injury patients could not afford the care that they require in the aftermath of their accidents and for the remainder of their lives.

It is important to understand that brain and spinal injuries often require costly care long after these injuries have been sustained. Patients may require multiple surgeries, physical therapy, numerous hospital stays and appointments with physicians and they may even require in-home care. It is easy to become overwhelmed in the face of such costs. However, resources are available that can help you navigate brain and spinal care bills.

For example, it cannot hurt to speak with an attorney about any legal options that may be available to you. Many brain and spinal injury victims are either unaware or unsure of whether they may hold others accountable for their injuries. An experienced attorney should be able to give you a good understanding of whether such action is available to you.

If you are unsatisfied with one attorney’s opinion, it does not hurt to get a second opinion. Just as you would almost certainly seek out second opinions from medical professionals, it is often a good idea to get multiple legal opinions on important matters as well.

Source: Becker’s Spine Review, “Deconstructing the Cost of Spine Care: Where Dollars Really Go,” Laura Miller, June 3, 2014

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