Traumatic Brain Injuries: Symptoms, Treatment Options, and Legal RecourseMarch 24, 2017
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can range in severity and are typically classified from mild to severe. TBIs can create long-term effects unique to each individual often including short term consequences such as headaches, dizziness, sleep problems, changes in mood, and possibly memory problems.
The side effects of a minor TBI typically range from days to months, but are treatable without guarantee that the damages are permanent. Timely diagnosis is important to ensure the proper steps are taken and the brain has enough time to fully recover. Treatment for a minor TBI is usually straight forward. Rest and restricting activity allows the brain time and energy to recover. Diagnoses may be accompanied by instructions to reduce or temporarily eliminate participation in sports, watching television, or even social interaction. In most minor TBI cases doctors often prescribe rest to allow the brain to fully recover naturally as best as possible.
Severe TBIs can affect the rest of one’s life, and include a number of treatments to regain normalcy. Common side effects can include seizures, depression, thoughts of suicide, progressive dementia, memory problems, and aggression. Every brain injury is unique and there is no exact formula for treatment. Instead, treatment will be tailored based on the severity and symptoms of the individual.
One of the most important forms of treatment following a severe TBI is rehabilitation. Rehabilitation often includes exercises that work towards regaining competencies in daily normal brain function. These exercises may focus on problem solving, physical strength, speech, motor skills, and social skills. While going through rehabilitation medications may also be prescribed to assist with symptoms of pain, depression, muscle spasms, trouble sleeping, anxiety, and others that may be caused by the injury.
Just like people, no two brain injuries are identical which means treatment plans are sure to vary depending on the individual and the severity of the injury. If you or a loved one suffered any form of TBI it is extremely important that you seek medical attention right away. If another party may be at fault for you or your loved one’s injury you may have legal recourse. Brain injuries can cause difficulties for individuals, their families, and their day-to-day lifestyle. The experienced attorneys with the Amaro Law Firm understand the complexities of TBI cases and are committed to representing you as your legal ally and guide on the path to recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.