Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery
Unlike a broken leg where recovery is fairly cut and dried, a person with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) goes through a much longer recovery process and sometimes the recovery can take a lifetime.
Where Does The Brain Injury Recovery Process Begin?
- The process begins with a trip to the emergency room.
- This is followed by time in the intensive care unit before the patient is considered stable enough to be transferred to a regular hospital bed.
Does Severity of TBI Determine Recovery Outcome?
- With milder forms of TBI, the bruising of the brain can heal, and either the brain cells can regain their function or other brain cells can take over for cells irreversibly damaged.
- With more serious brain injuries, however, the process of recovery is more nebulous, and this can cause misunderstandings and frustration for both the head-injury patient and those closest to him, who may expect the healing process to continue to full function and a return to normalcy.
What Brain Functions Are Effected by Traumatic Brain Injury?
The following motor skills may have to be relearned and may never return to their pre-TBI level.
In such instances goals and plans must be realigned in consideration of what the head-injury patient is capable of achieving post-TBI.
What are TBI symptoms?
- Pain, usually headache
- Post concussion syndrome with symptoms similar to ADHD
- Hydrocephalus, a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain
- Damaged blood vessels in the brain, which can clot and lead to strokes
- Cranial nerve injuries
Individual patients follow different paths in their treatment, depending on the type and severity of the TBI and the specific needs of the patient.
What are some of these options?
- Home-based rehabilitation
- Outpatient rehabilitation
- Inpatient centers
- Day programs at rehab centers
- Supportive living programs
For patients with severe TBIs, the goal of rehabilitation is to improve the survivor's ability to function, both at home and in the community, even when full normalcy isn't possible. Therapists will help the patient adapt to his disabilities or help make modifications to the home so that day-to-day activities become as straightforward and trouble-free as possible.
The cost of TBIs to society and to the families of TBI victims is huge. Financially alone, TBIs requiring hospitalization cost the nation around $56 billion a year. Twenty-five percent of adults with TBI are still unable to return to work after a year. The full human cost to TBI sufferers and their loved ones, in terms of disabilities and long-term impairments, cannot be calculated.
The severity of a brain injury can be devasting not just physically, but emotionally as well. Our Brain Injury Attorneys have years of experience handling head trauma cases. We work many of these cases on a contingent fee basis which means that you only pay us if we successfully win your case. Our payment is a preset amount of your award only and we always factor that into any agreed upon settlement.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact us immediately at 1-800-561-4887 for a No-Hassle, No-Obligation Free Case Consultation.
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Brian Chase, Attorney at Law
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