There are many possible causes for traumatic brain injury. However, the underlying problems associated with this debilitating condition are difficult, regardless of the cause.
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, an estimated 235,000 people in the US are hospitalized due to brain injuries every year, and 1 in every 50 people in Virginia currently needs lifelong help as a result of brain injury.
Hospitals in Virginia deal daily with traumatic brain injury sufferers as a result of:
- Automobile accidents
- Struck by or against an object
Your Health & Well-Being Comes First
Regardless of how your traumatic brain injury occurred—whether as a result of a car accident, medical malpractice, or a work-related incident—it’s important that you take the time to prioritize your immediate safety and ongoing health. Even if you suffered a concussion that you believe is not serious, it is always best to seek proper medical treatment. Skipping a doctor’s visit and returning to work after a head injury is not in your best interest, both in terms of your health and in regards to your potential future injury claim. Having documentation that you sought medical treatment early on could ultimately prove incredibly valuable to your claim.
Devastating Effects of a Brain Injury
Whatever the cause, the results of traumatic brain injury can be life-changing. Victims may require round-the-clock brain injury treatment, be unable to work or follow their previous lifestyle, putting immense strain on victims and their loved ones who must try to pick up the pieces. Relationships can be changed forever, and insurers are reluctant to recognize the true impact of traumatic brain injury when considering claims.
Victims may suffer a variety of the following symptoms:
- Continual headaches
- Memory loss
- Difficulty with verbal or motor control
- Behavioral problems and sudden mood swings
- Visual and aural difficulties
Brain Injury Treatment
Treating a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex process. Treatment will vary depending on the extent and location of the damage to your brain.
If you suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, you may not require any immediate treatment other than pain relievers and rest. However, even patients with mild TBI should be carefully monitored to check for new developments or worsening symptoms. If you suffer complications as a result of brain damage, Kalfus & Nachman PC can pursue compensation on your behalf to offset the expense you incurred as a result of someone else's negligence.
Brain Injuries: Emergency Care
Auto accidents and slip-and-fall accidents are two common causes of moderate and severe brain injuries. As soon as these injuries occur, the victim must be supplied with adequate oxygen and blood in order to prevent inflammation and oxygen deprivation in the brain, which can cause further brain damage if not quickly addressed.
Medicating a Brain Injury
Once your condition has stabilized, you may be provided with certain medications to limit further brain damage.
Some of the most common medications used to treat TBI include:
- Anti-seizure drugs: If you have moderate to severe TBI, you may be at risk of seizures in the first week after your brain injury. Anti-seizure medications can help protect your brain from the additional damage that a seizure could inflict.
- Diuretics: Diuretics reduce the amount of fluid in your brain tissues, which helps reduce the pressure inside your skull.
- Coma-inducing drugs: Sometimes, the increased pressure in your brain can compress your blood vessels, depriving your brain tissue of essential oxygen and nutrients. A comatose brain does not require as much oxygen for proper function. If the situation requires it, coma-inducing drugs may be used to place you in a temporary comatose state.
Long-term brain injury treatment usually involves significant rehabilitation. Depending on the area of your brain that was injured, you may be facing several potential limitations – such as speech problems, cognitive issues, vision problems, and memory loss. Your treatment and rehabilitation will be tailored to meet your specific needs.
Brain damage is permanent. Your brain cells cannot regenerate once they have been destroyed. Because of this, it may be necessary to learn different ways of completing basic tasks. Rehabilitative therapy is designed to help you work around your disability since it will most likely be with you for the rest of your life.
If you or your loved one suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may be facing a lifetime of extensive, specialized medical care, along with the emotional trauma of not being able to return to your previous lifestyle. Make sure you receive the compensation you need and deserve to face your future.
Get Started on Your Case Today
Traumatic brain injury victims need help pursuing the individuals responsible for their injury. This is not a task you should attempt to handle on your own. An attorney skilled in fighting for your rights is crucial to winning your case.
You can count on the experienced and compassionate Norfolk brain injury attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman PC to provide the legal advice and support you so urgently need to get through this difficult time.
Please contact us online or call (855) 880-8163 today. “Tell Them You Mean Business.”
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