Orlando Brain Injury Attorney
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often referred to as an acquired brain injury or head injury. TBI occurs when there has been damage to the brain caused by some form of sudden trauma to the head. In traumatic situations, the head may suddenly or violently hit an object causing TBI. In other cases, the skull may be penetrated causing direct injury to the brain.
A TBI is obviously devastating to the victim and their families. In some cases, the victim may experience a complete recovery. In more unfortunate circumstances, the victim may never return to work or require lifelong assistance or skilled nursing care.
The effect of TBI can vary greatly among individuals and is highly dependent on the location and extent of the damage to the brain. The complications may range from mild to severe and include the following:
- Altered sleep patterns
- Behavior and mood changes
- Blurred vision
- Memory problems
- Trouble with attention, concentration and thought
Moderate to severe brain injuries may cause any or all of the following:
- Headaches that continue to worsen
- Inability to awaken
- Increased confusion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Problems with coordination
- Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in extremities
Treatment and Prognosis of TBI
Patients with signs of moderate to severe TBI receive immediate medical attention. Physicians perform neurologic assessment and initiate necessary medical and surgical planning to minimize the effect of the injury. Patients with severe TBI often require lengthy hospital admissions and subsequent transfer to rehabilitation facilities with expertise treating brain injury patients.
The prognosis for a TBI patient is determined by the severity of the injury and the progress of the patient during the various stages of rehabilitation. The recovery process is often challenging and expensive.
Recovery from traumatic brain injuries varies widely based on the severity of the injury. For people who have sustained mild brain injuries, an extended period of rest might be enough to bring about a full recovery. However, when a brain injury is more severe, the recovery process may take months or even years to complete, and rehabilitation will usually be required.
Unfortunately, there is no way to repair damaged brain tissue. The goal of initial treatment after a serious brain injury is to prevent further brain damage from occurring. After the damage caused by your brain injury has been controlled, you will need to begin rehabilitation in order to regain normal functioning. In many cases, this will involve relearning actions that had previously been second nature.
TBI generally affects your entire brain. This is very different from other conditions, such as a stroke, which only impact a specific region of your brain. The broad scope of many brain injuries makes recovery and rehabilitation a long and complicated process.
There are many studies indicating that the human brain is able to adapt to changes in cell functioning. Humans lose neurons on a daily basis as a part of the aging process. As a result, the neurons that are left establish new connections and pathways that enable them to function normally.
When you suffer a serious brain injury, your brain tries to adapt in a similar way. During the recovery process, healthy brain tissue will try to take over many of the functions previously performed by the damaged region. The purpose of rehabilitation is to aid your brain in creating these new connections and pathways so that you can once again function at a normal level.
Rehabilitation treatments for people suffering from TBI include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Psychiatric or psychological counseling
The treatment methods and length of your rehabilitation will vary based on the nature and severity of your brain injury.
Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. is a top-notch legal team ready to help individuals seek the compensation they deserve following a severe brain injury. It’s our commitment to you to pursue the full amount of compensation you deserve and hold negligent parties accountable.
To discuss your potential case with a legal professional, call our firm today at (407) 305-6088.
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