TBI: The Long Road to Recovery
There are countless ways that your brain could become injured. You could suffer a brain injury in the blink of an eye so it is important to educate yourself on the causes and different types of brain injuries.
A traumatic brain injury usually results from a forceful blow or jolt to the head or body or caused by an object that goes through brain tissue like a bullet. Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging psychological and physical effects. These could be short-term or long-term and can appeal immediately after the event, or even weeks after.
Causes of traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur where damage is caused to the brain by an external force. As we have mentioned, there are many different causes of traumatic brain injuries. One of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury is contact sports such as football, soccer, basketball, or even playground activities. It can also occur during vehicle collisions, slips and falls, or construction accidents.
Different types of traumatic brain injuries
The treatment process for traumatic brain injuries depends on the severity of the injury. Traumatic brain injuries can be classified in three different ways. The first is a mild injury. Symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury often include a headache, nausea or vomiting, fatigue or dizziness, or loss of balance. Mild injuries usually do not require any treatment other than rest and over-the-counter pain medication.
Moderate traumatic brain injury is when a person experiences changes in brain function for longer than two minutes after trauma. The symptoms may be similar to a mild traumatic brain injury, but the symptoms are persistent and may even worsen over time.
Severe traumatic brain injury is when a person experiences an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia following a trauma. This could lead to a range of long or short-term changes in the brain, motor, sensory function, or emotional state of the victim.
Traumatic brain injury recovery process
Depending on the type of traumatic brain injury you have suffered, the recovery process will look a little bit different. With mild traumatic brain injuries, most people recover all or most of their brain function within three months after the injury. People with a mild traumatic brain injury will likely not need intense medical care after their injury and will be able to heal themselves at home.
With moderate traumatic brain injuries, most people are able to recover most or all of their brain function. However, medical care such as neurosurgery, occupational or physical therapy, or speech/language therapy may be needed to help the injured person get back to normal.
With severe traumatic brain injury, predicting recovery is difficult because it is dependent on the location of the injury, the severity of the damage, length of time in a coma or unconscious, and other factors. What we do know for sure, is that with the increased need for the length of recovery, typically comes long-term effects of the injury.
The Lenahan Law Firm can make a difference
Traumatic brain injuries are recognized as one of the most serious injuries. The experienced and talented team at The Lenahan Law Firm is here to make a difference in your life. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury at the fault of another person, you will need a personal injury attorney to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Many insurance companies will try to make you settle for low compensation. Having an attorney on your side can ensure that you get compensation for all expenses associated with your accident.
Give us a call today at (214) 295-1008 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Dallas personal injury attorneys.