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Recovery process for a traumatic brain injury


Sustaining an injury in an accident could be life changing. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, could significantly alter the life of an accident victim as well as the lives of their loved ones caring for them. Whether it is suffered in a car accident, truck crash, motorcycle collision or workplace accident, victims of a brain injury in West Virginia, and elsewhere in the nation, may not be prepared for the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury.

TBI recovery is often lengthy and requires much medical attention. In addition to treatments and medication, victims suffering a TBI might have to endure several procedures, major surgeries and continuous physical therapy sessions. While the treatment and recovery plan is dependent on the individual and the extent of the brain injury, it often causes physical, psychological, social and financial hardships.

The ability to recover and return to normal life functions and routines is desirable after a serious accident, but is not always easily obtained after a TBI. Unemployment is a major concern for TBI victims. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 60 percent of victims between the ages of 16 and 60 who were discharged from inpatient rehabilitation for a TBI between 2001 and 2010 were still unemployed two years after his or her brain injury occurred.

Being able to fully recover from a TBI might be difficult for some victims. Even if a victim is deemed fully recovered, they might still have memory and learning difficulties. This can present many challenges for school and work. While medical bills are a major expense following a traumatic brain injury, lost wages are frequently suffered by TBI victims years after their accident.

In order to offset these losses and damages caused by a TBI and the recovery process, it is important to understand the cause of the brain injury. If another party was negligent, they could be held liable through a personal injury claim. This could result in compensation and help a TBI victim on their road to recovery.

Source: Cdc.gov, "Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury," May 13, 2015

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