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Connecticut brain injury victims may be affected by proposed legislation

When car accidents, truck accidents or other unfortunate incidents occur, they can leave victims with life-changing brain injuries. Even though some victims can regain some of their lost mental acuity, it often takes time and constant medical care. Fortunately, some Connecticut programs help people who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury.

Thanks to a popular state program, Connecticut residents who suffer from brain injuries are enabled to rehabilitate in their own homes rather than at a nursing home facility. Through this program, some people have regained their speech and some of their independence. However, the family members of some patients are fighting against upcoming changes to this program, which they predict will lead to reduced levels of care.

In its current form, the program is completely funded by the state. If the proposal to change the program is passed, the federal government will cover some of the costs of new program participants. The plan is intended to cut state costs without any disruption to patient services, and the state promises that no services will be eliminated for the 370 people who benefit from this program. However, the 50 people who are waiting to receive state aid and subsequent enrollees would be affected by the reforms.

In addition to the physical and mental challenges of brain damage, the cost of long-term care and other medical expenses can be overwhelming. Although some brain injury victims are likely to continue to receive assistance from the state, it is also possible for some victims to receive compensation by filing a personal injury claim. In these circumstances, it may be best to consult an attorney.

Source: Macon, “Man with brain injury fights to keep benefit,” Quannah Leonard, March 16, 2014

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