Over 1.7 million people in the United States suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is as much of a psychological challenge as a physical challenge. Any physical damage to the brain is classified as a traumatic brain injury. Because many of these injuries go unseen, brain injuries are sometimes referred to as the "Silent Epidemic." While brain injuries can occur in many different ways, brain injuries most commonly occur during car accidents.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury occurs from blunt or penetrating trauma to the brain. Anytime a person's head hits an object with substantial force, the brain can be injured when it impacts the skull. A mild TBI could cause a temporary dysfunction of brain cells, whereas a more serious TBI can result in long-term complications from torn tissues, bruising, or bleeding in the brain.
What are the effects of a traumatic brain injury?
Depending on the severity of the injury, the physical and mental effects can vary. In general, the effects are greatest immediately following the injury. Mild TBI may result in a short loss of consciousness, while more severe TBI could result in prolonged loss of consciousness, memory loss, and other long-term mental health effects.
Physical effects can include:
- Speech problems
- Blurred vision
- Loss of hearing
- Lack of energy
- Difficulty with balancing
- Sleeping problems
Mental effects can include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Lack of focus
- Impaired decision making
Are traumatic brain injuries treatable?
Beginning treatment as soon as possible after suffering a traumatic brain injury gives patients the best chance for a full recovery. Treatment options will vary depending on the severity of the brain injury. The mildest injuries can generally be treated at home with over-the-counter pain medication and rest. However, it is important to keep a close eye out for any symptoms that may worsen as time goes by. If symptoms seem to be worsening, you should visit a doctor immediately. Severe traumatic brain injuries can be treated in a variety of different ways. Many times these treatments options are used in conjunction with each other.
Common treatment option for severe brain injuries include:
- Immediate emergency care
Rehabilitation can be a long, slow process involving a number of different specialists. Most people who suffer a serious brain injury will require rehabilitation to relearn basic physical and mental skills that were lost due to the injury. The rehabilitation process could cover months or years of inpatient and outpatient services.
Common rehabilitation specialists include:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech pathologists
- Social workers
- Rehabilitation nurses
Discuss Your Case with a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should consult with an experienced brain injury lawyer. Treatment for brain injuries can add up to millions of dollars and many people never fully recover to lead a normal life. If another party was responsible for the accident that caused your brain injury, you could be entitled to compensation. At Arnold & Itkin, we will review the facts of your case free of charge and help you determine what legal options are available to you. Contact our brain injury lawyers today to learn more.