Traumatic Brain Injuries or TBIs affect almost 90,000 individuals annually, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The brain is our most vital organ, and yet it is also the most sensitive. Medical science is improving chances of full recovery from TBIs bit by bit with each advancement in neurological research. However, what technology we have available right now cannot guarantee anything. Hence, recovering from brain injuries can hinge on even the smallest detail. In order to ensure that your journey to recovery proceeds without a hitch, here are some recommended steps that you need to follow as closely as possible.
Undergo recommended rehab programs
Your journey to recovery after a traumatic brain injury begins at rehab. This usually begins immediately after you have recovered from preliminary care, such as surgery or other intensive treatments. Everyone recovers from traumatic brain injury differently. Thus, your rehab is going to be tailored to your physiology and severity of your injury, and can involve multiple types of healthcare in various settings. A single person called a case coordinator is usually your primary liaison for all your rehab needs. The case coordinator will tell you which treatments you will be best served undertaking, and which facilities can deliver these treatments.
If your injury isn’t too severe, you can attend outpatient rehab sessions at your convenience. Otherwise, you will have to be admitted for inpatient rehab, eventually graduating to home-based rehab or to an independent rehab center. Just like the setting for your rehab, the treatments it involves will change according to your needs as well. TBI usually affects things such as language skills, motor skills, muscle strength, bowel control, and behavioral health. Your treatments will evolve depending on your recovery progress in each of these aspects. However, you and your family ultimately have the choice of which treatments you choose to undertake and where. The case coordinator is merely there to tell you your options and recommend a course of action, though you are strongly advised to follow their suggestions.
File a personal injury claim
Adjusting to life with TBI is not cheap, and neither is rehab. So if you feel that someone should take responsibility for your injury, filing a personal injury claim is the natural next step. Do this immediately after clearing up any urgent treatments that need your full attention. Or if you happen to be fully cognizant of that person’s accountability before you commit your attention to rehab, you can ask a loved one or someone you trust to take care of things for you. This ensures that you have sufficient funding for your treatment, and any dependents you may have won’t have to worry about money for a time.
Remember to ask for copies of medical records that detail the degree of injury and its effects on your daily life, as these will solidify your case. You are also best advised to approach an attorney that specializes in brain injury legal help. For one thing, determining how much money you deserve in terms of damages can be difficult for the average individual. A lawyer that is well-versed in life-altering injuries can brief you on whether a settlement is possible, how much potential negligence was involved, and which options you would be wise to take.
Prepare for the long term impact of TBI
Once rehab is underway and you’re in the process of collecting your deserved compensation for your injury, you should also start preparing for the long-term impacts of TBI. Even with extensive treatments, far-reaching effects of the injury can manifest even several years on. For example, future brain swelling is not easily detectable in the early stages of recovery, especially if you are showing good progress in rehab.
Even if you are relatively young or do not have a pre-existing condition, you should still familiarize yourself with all of the long-term effects of TBI. In so doing, you inform yourself of what you might be facing years down the line. Just remember to append what you learn with medical counsel from the primary physician that treated your injury.
Even with modern medicine, recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury is still precarious. You could still come away from it only having regained a fraction of the bodily functions you used to have. In order to maximize your chances of full recovery, you must follow recommended rehab procedures as much as possible, secure compensation from those responsible, and plan ahead in anticipation of long-term effects.