We have been serving our clients as traumatic brain injury lawyers for many years, and because of the relatively unique perspective we have gained we have been avidly supporting California Senate Bill 320 since it was originally introduced. That's because the bill, if it becomes law, will put an end to many of the unnecessary and frankly completely avoidable struggles that so many people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and their families face. We have seen these terrible struggles on a firsthand basis, and we as a society owe it to these people to provide them with the ongoing care that they deserve.
This isn't a bill that would lead to yet more expenses for California taxpayers. According to the Brain Injury Association of California, which obviously supports the bill and is helping to grow support for it, the bill would actually save California residents $74 billion per year in lifetime savings if it ultimately becomes law. The bill is currently being considered in the legislature, and according to an article recently published in the Napa Valley Register, some very unique people are going to Sacramento later this week to show their support.
The article discussed the history surrounding the Sandberg family, Napa residents whose 19-year-old son suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident involving a drunk driver two years ago. Since then, the young man has been going to different facilities around the state in order to obtain the care he has needed. He has shown remarkable progress and he continues to get better. He is extremely committed to a rigorous course of medical treatment, physical rehabilitation and speech therapy, and he is also putting in a lot of time in support of the bill.
The story regarding this family also relates to how Senate Bill 320 would help people in this position in the future. The young man's father's health insurance changed recently, and under the tenets of the new policy he would have only been allowed 20 in-patient visits per year after September of 2011 once he demonstrated the ability to move from his bed to his wheelchair to his bedroom. Instead, his family took him to Bakersfield for nine more months of in-patient treatment. In addition, the family has faced enormous costs in paying for the portions of care that these insurance policies have not covered.
Fortunately, this remarkable family has been able to make all of this work despite facing extremely difficult circumstances. Many others who suffer traumatic brain injuries are not so fortunate, and they simply stop receiving care once their insurance coverage runs out. This does not help them or their families, and it only makes matters worse in many situations. The Scarlett Law Group would like to applaud the people featured in this wonderful article and once again express our support for California Senate Bill 320 in hopes that people who suffer traumatic brain injuries can be given the best chance possible to overcome them.