According to the American Heart Association, 795,000 people suffer stroke every year. The toll is not limited to loss of life and human suffering, Strokes cost the U.S. $36.5 billion per year.
These costs are mostly connected to caring for long-term disabilities of stroke survivors.
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in adults in America.
Who pays the bills for long term care after a stroke?
The Costs of Stroke After-care
In a related story on this matter, Stroke-Law contributor Jane Genova wrote how costs “range from lifetime maintenance of all physical needs to extensive rehabilitation,” which begins in the hospital shortly after the patient’s stroke.
Ultimately, caregivers’ choices are largely determined by the money or government benefits that may be available to pay the costs of nursing care, rehabilitation, home health care aids and numerous other costs. Victims of stroke often look to their health insurance carrier, Medicare or Medicaid.
People often do not realize that if their doctors or their hospital failed to treat the stroke quickly, their injuries are likely worse than then they would have been if they had been treated faster. If a loved one died from a stroke, most people do not realize that the doctors or hospital may be to blame for the death.
When it comes to paying the bills for medical care or compensating families for the loss of their loved ones, the law provides an option: you may have a valid claim against the doctors or the hospital. If the doctors or the hospital caused the injuries to be worse by their delay in diagnosing or treating the stroke, the doctors and the hospital’s insurance policies should pay the costs.
In order to compel the doctors’ or the hospitals to pay the costs of the care, rehabilitation and for the pain and suffering, you may need to hire an attorney and sue the doctors or the hospitals.
Attorneys Cory Rosenbaum and Robert Fader handle Stroke Medical Malpractice cases. If they accept your case, you pay nothing out of your pocket and they may be able to recover substantial amounts of money that can be used to pay for the best care available or however you see fit.
Stroke negligence may be a factor
The reality of the situation is that if you or a loved one suffered a stroke there may have been medical malpractice and if there was, the case may be a source of funds to help pay the bills.
The founders of StrokeLaw.com, Cory Rosenbaum & Robert Fader, are New York attorneys with decades of experience representing victims of medical malpractice including stroke victims and their loved ones. They are available for free consultations.
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