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What is the traumatic brain injury recovery process?


Suffering a major injury in an accident could greatly impact individuals in West Virginia as well as their loved ones. No one ever expects to get involved in an accident and they certainly do not expect to suffer a brain injury. Unfortunately, there is a wide range of causes for a traumatic brain injury or a TBI, and injured victims should understand what to expect in the recovery process.

What is the TBI recovery process? While not all brain injuries are the same, most victims should expect a recovery process that will take them years to fully overcome. It is often described as a long and difficult process that includes mental, emotional, physical and financial pain. In some cases, victims will be able to return to the abilities they had prior to the injury, but it will be a long road of rehabilitation and patience.

The symptoms and effects of a brain injury can differ from patient to patient, but they should expect hospitalized treatment in the initial days after the injury to reduce brain swelling, stop bleeding and monitor all vitals to ensure there are not any more injuries or medical concerns.

Once the injury is controlled, the head trauma victim should expect changes to their memory and thinking. This can be challenging for some, but patients should understand that they have therapy options to address this. Those suffering a TBI should also expect some form of headache. In roughly 50 percent of TBI victims, headaches will continually be felt to some degree. This is related to pinched nerves and could be addressed in physical therapy.

These and other symptoms of a TBI are often addressed by medical intervention, therapy or rehabilitation. The recovery process could be very costly, and those suffering a TBI should understand how they and their loved ones could address their concerns regarding expenses. If the victim was injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another, the party at fault could be liable for their injuries. The injured party could file a personal injury claim in order to recover compensation to cover costs such as medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and other damages.

Many TBI patients have a long road of recovery ahead of them, but they should understand their rights and options regarding legal remedies. These often need to be filed in a timely manner, so patients and their loved ones should seek guidance following the incident in order to protect and preserve their rights.

Source: Brainandspinalcord.org, "What to Expect in the Initial Days after the Injury," accessed on Dec. 8, 2014

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