Brain Injury Victims May Need Ongoing Medical Treatment

woman-getting-head-wrapAccording to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs every nine seconds. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are caused by another’s negligence and could have been prevented.

Below, learn more about how ongoing treatment can be essential for brain injury victims and help manage a variety of problems caused by TBI.

Ongoing treatment is often expensive and requires many follow-up appointments, ongoing testing and other medical interventions. If you or a loved one suffered from a brain injury that may have been caused by another’s negligence, the Arnold Law Firm may be able to help you obtain compensation to cover medical expenses and other costs.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain injury can result from a variety of situations, including:

Many hazardous situations occur because of another’s negligence, such as the negligence of a truck driver or property owner. For example, failing to repair damage to a staircase could result in a fall and hit to the head that causes brain damage.

Why Ongoing Care May be Necessary

TBI damage is often permanent. Most people who suffer from a moderate to severe TBI need rehabilitation therapy to deal with physical, emotional, and cognitive effects of the damage to their brain.

TBI victims may need to relearn old skills, such as how to walk, talk, get dressed, eat, or even how to identify colors or shapes. Victims may also need to learn how to deal with lost mobility or function.

Each TBI victim needs a treatment regimen tailored to address his or her specific needs. Therapies often start in a hospital and may continue at other facilities such as a nursing home, an outpatient clinic, a school, or at home. These therapies could last a short time or may be ongoing. Treatment needs may also change over time.

Types of Ongoing Treatment

There are many types of rehabilitation therapy designed to help TBI victims, including:

  • Physical therapy – One of the biggest challenges with a brain injury is the loss of strength, coordination, flexibility, and function. Victims may also experience vertigo, which causes dizziness. Sometimes this is a result of the victim needing to lay in a hospital bed for an extended period.
  • Cognitive therapy – Victims often struggle with memory, judgment, planning, reasoning, learning new things, and focusing attention.
  • Speech therapy – Brain injury victims may struggle with speaking and even forming words. They may also have difficulty organizing their thoughts and ideas, following verbal input, or participating in conversations. Speech therapists may be able to help people use communication devices to improve communication.
  • Occupational therapy – Brain injuries can make it much more difficult to handle everyday tasks victims once took for granted.
  • Counseling – It can be helpful for brain injury victims to talk with a counselor and develop coping skills to handle emotional problems, such as mood swings, anxiety, depression, anger, and lack of empathy for other people. Counselors can also help brain injury victims improve their relationships with others, now that they have new limitations caused by their injury.
  • Vocational counseling – Victims may need to meet with a counselor to assess the victim’s ability to go back to work and determine jobs the victim may be able to do. The vocational counselor may also be able to help with challenges in the workplace.

Speak with a Licensed Attorney About Your Brain Injury

Brain injury victims may be eligible to seek compensation to help cover the cost of treatment.

Contact a Sacramento personal injury lawyer at the Arnold Law Firm for a case evaluation at no cost or obligation to you. Our goal is to secure the maximum compensation to help you and your family during this difficult time. We are prepared to guide you through the legal process while you focus on treating your injuries.

Call us at (916) 777-7777 or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form.