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From Nicole Howley, Nationwide Injury and Legal News:

West Palm Beach, FL—An insurance company’s denial of rehabilitation services for a teenage traumatic brain injury (TBI) victim has caused the 18-year-old to go without the care he needs. The teen was involved in a crash at the Palm Beach International Raceway last Christmas, when his parents gave him permission to race his Corvette, which they had given him for his 16th birthday, as reported by WPBF.

Casey Bicknell, 18, slammed his sports car into a wall during his first lap at the track, which left him with a TBI.

The wreck has caused Bicknell to undergo several surgeries, including one operation to remove of section of his skull. He has since been at the rehabilitation center. Bicknell currently cannot communicate or walk.

Bicknell has now been forced to go home after their insurance company has denied coverage for his rehab stay. The insurance company believes the treatment he would be getting wouldn’t improve his condition.
Whether the parents should have their own heads examined for giving him permission to race in the first place is a question for another day. The issue here is that he did race, was severely injured, and now the insurance company won't pay for rehab. We know from experience, both anecdotal and personal, that people with TBI's can and do improve, often long after medical science says is possible. Not knowing the specifics of Casey's case, we can't offer an informed opinion, but we can say that insurance companies (read "bottom line") too often give up too soon. Until we know more, we're with the parents on this, and we wish them luck.

Original article is here.

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