Yes, you can recover from a traumatic brain injury, but it can be a long process, requiring months or even years to return to your life before the accident. Unfortunately, some people never recover fully.
Recovering from a type of brain injury can be extremely difficult. Targeted therapies, customized treatment plans, and rehabilitation all can be part of trying to recover from a traumatic brain injury.
Even if the brain does not heal completely from the traumatic brain injury (TBI), Mayo Clinic reports doctors can use techniques to try to help the victim learn to cope with the TBI. Although these techniques help, it is possible that the victim in the accident will end up needing help for day-to-day life and may not be able to work in the same job.
Understanding the Serious Nature of a TBI Diagnosis
A traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious injuries someone can suffer in an accident. To further complicate the diagnosis, the TBI may occur with no physical evidence on the body. Doctors can struggle to diagnose the TBI for several days, weeks, or months after the crash.
For some victims, the signs of a traumatic brain injury do not show up until a few days after the accident. You may feel fine after the accident, or you may have a slight headache for a couple of days. Suddenly, however, the symptoms can become much worse.
Seeking Treatment for a Brain Injury
Some victims of an accident could end up in a coma, requiring invasive medical care for the brain injury. However, the more difficult diagnosis for a doctor occurs when the victim seems to function relatively normally, yet the brain has suffered serious trauma.
After an accident in which you may have lost consciousness (even briefly) or where you cannot remember what happened, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. These are potential signs of a brain injury.
You need to be completely honest with your doctor about all of your symptoms after a motor vehicle collision or another kind of accident. This will help the doctor diagnose a possible TBI as early as possible, which will give you the best chance at recovery. Even if you think the symptom is unimportant, you should tell the doctor and let him or her decide the relevance.
Symptoms of a TBI
Doctors tend to classify a traumatic brain injury based on the seriousness. A concussion is considered a mild form of a brain injury, where the victim should recover fully within a few months. Doctors save the designation of TBI for the most serious head injuries, where the victim may never recover.
Some symptoms may occur whether you have a mild brain injury or a serious brain injury. Other symptoms only occur when you have a far more serious condition. The symptoms of a TBI may include:
- Severe headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fluid draining from the nose and ears
- Improper dilation of one or both eyes
- Weakness in the extremities
- Lingering confusion
- Compromised short term memory
- Slurred speech
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Potential Treatments for a TBI
Some of the treatments doctors may use for a traumatic brain injury victim include:
- Medication: Certain types of mediation can help with preventing seizures or with the severity of headaches.
- Rehabilitation: Doctors may use physical therapy treatments to help a victim regain mobility or strength in the extremities.
- Surgery: Doctors may attempt to repair fractures to the skull or to help with brain swelling through surgery.
Understand that the majority of these treatments may not fully work. They may provide slight relief for the victim, but some aspects of a TBI may not heal.
At that point, the victim may need help from a support group. Victims may need to change the way they live their lives by writing down reminder notes, avoiding distractions while working on a task, or taking more breaks while working.
Selecting an Attorney to Help with a TBI Case
So, you can recover from a traumatic brain injury, but it can take a long time. Some people never recover at all.
You may recover some of the functionality you had before the accident, but you may still have problems related to the injury. These issues may last for years. No matter what level of impairment you are having with your TBI, you have the right to seek damages for your pain and suffering and reduction in quality of life.
The team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers has, unfortunately, has seen far too often the results of TBIs on the lives of our clients. We know how difficult this injury can be to overcome. We fight as hard as we can to help the victims in cases like these.
For a free review of your case, call us at (404) 888-8888 as soon as possible.