Rehabbing a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the most devastating injuries accident victims can face. In addition to life-altering complications, TBIs can also require years of therapy and rehabilitation in order to allow victims to recover some semblance of their previous life. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, then you should prepare for the long road ahead, which will often include months or more of rehabilitation.
Causes of TBIs
A traumatic brain injury is any injury due to external force that changes how the brain normally operates. Typically, people suffer a TBI when they experience either a direct blow to the head or a blow to the body that causes their heads to shake violently. TBIs are fairly common in:
- Traffic accidents
- Slip and falls
- Workplace injuries
- Sporting injuries
- Violent crime
After suffering a blow, you might black out for several seconds or longer. TBI symptoms usually manifest within 24 hours and include neck stiffness, headache, vision problems, cloudy thinking, sleep disturbance, impaired movement, and mood changes.
Some of these symptoms can persist into the future. For example, many TBI sufferers have experienced:
- Mood and personality changes
- Loss of balance or mobility
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Impaired ability to think or reason
- Impaired short-term memory
These complications can make it impossible for TBI victims to return to their normal lives and to work their jobs. In addition to medical bills, many TBI victims experience a dramatic loss of income as well as stress in their intimate relationships.
Although a mild TBI might clear up on its own within a couple of weeks, moderate and severe TBIs can require brain surgery to relieve pressure on the brain, remove blood clots, or stop internal bleeding.
Victims with TBIs might also need rehabilitation to recover as much functioning as possible:
- Physical therapy can help victims recover mobility
- Speech therapy can help patients learn how to communicate as well as process language
- Occupational therapy can help patients relearn the tasks of everyday living, such as dressing, eating, and bathing
- Behavioral therapy can assist victims with changes in their mood or behavior as a result of the brain trauma
Some patients are able to stage a complete recovery with sufficient therapy. However, others might continue to deal with persistent effects of the TBI indefinitely. Ultimately, each TBI is different. The amount of treatment you will need, and the amount of recovery possible, will depend on your age and overall health, as well as the location and severity of the trauma.
Contact a Volusia County Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a brain injury, medical help is available. To pay for these medical bills, you can seek compensation from the person responsible for your accident, and you will need an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side. At Bundza & Rodriguez, we have fought for compensation for many victims with traumatic brain injuries, and we are available to speak with you. To schedule your free consultation, reach out to us today.