LONG-TERM VERSUS SHORT TERM CARE OF A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURYMarch 14, 2017
When a person suffers from any form of brain injury, receiving immediate medical treatment can determine the length and level of care required for the healing process. Each traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unique, which means the method of care must be specifically tailored to each individual and the circumstances surrounding their brain injury.
Mild TBIs come with a treatment plan that will put the individual on the path to a full recovery. This short-term care usually requires that the individual avoid certain activities. Some of the most common activities include television, sports, and social interaction. Treatment will specifically monitor fatigue, headaches, memory loss, sleep disturbances, dizziness, and irritability. Most treatment plans focus around giving the brain time to recover and may include medications and regular check-ups to ensure the brain is recovering.
Severe TBIs are usually diagnosed when there is a loss of consciousness for more than thirty minutes accompanied by memory loss after the injury. These injuries can be life altering and can range from impairment of cognitive functions to comatose states. Cognitive impairments may specifically include difficulty with attention, memory, speed of processing, speech, interpretation with touch, vision, hearing, smell, taste, anxiety, aggression, and more. Due to the broad range of symptoms associated with a severe TBI, each treatment plan is unique.
For those that suffer a severe brain injury, long-term care is more likely to be required. Long-term care will likely include medications, years of therapy, and regular care from a medical professional if the functions that allow independence are seriously affected. As TBIs have gained more attention in the medical field in recent years, programs continue to emerge and are available to provide all forms of treatment that an individual may require.
If you believe you or a loved one have suffered a TBI, it is important you seek medical care right away. The impact of long-term effects may be reduced through timely diagnosis and rehabilitation treatment. The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm have extensive experience with traumatic brain injury cases and offer free consultations regarding brain injury cases.