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Treatment for serious injuries can continue past acute care

Here is the common scenario people envision following a serious accident injury in California. You are taken to an emergency room or acute care facility for urgent treatment. Once you are out of immediate danger, you enter a hospital room where you can settle down and recover with the help of the facility's staff. After some time has passed and you have largely healed from your injuries, it is time to go home and continue your recovery.

It sounds good, but this is not always what happens for patients suffering serious injuries. Instead, you may leave acute care once you are out of danger and enter a rehabilitation facility to continue recovery. For many, this is a complete upheaval of their expectations, and worse, it will likely be a massive drain on the victim's financial resources.

Serious trauma like spinal injuries, brain injuries or even the risk of appendage amputation often means a long and intense recovery period. You already expect the costs associated with an acute care facility, but you might not expect the rehab facility costs. For those who have suffered a personal injury because of another party's negligence, filing a lawsuit could help pay for your treatment.

You may be tempted to pay for your treatment on your own because the prospect of taking legal action frightens you. However, you should understand that a personal injury attorney with experience handling serious and fatal injuries can help you through the process. At the very least, you should consider talking about your accident with an experienced California attorney. In the end, what matters most is recovering from your serious injuries and returning to the life you once enjoyed.

Source: The Center for Advancing Health, "Prepared Patient: Goodbye, Acute Care, Hello, Rehab," accessed Jan. 27, 2017

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