What Should I Do After a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury can have a profound impact on a person’s life and, in many cases, result in permanent damage and changes in emotional, physical, and cognitive functions. Even if you do not feel any immediate symptoms after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, seeking medical assistance is crucial. The sooner you treat a traumatic brain injury, the better your chances are of minimizing the damage. Rehabilitation after this type of injury can prevent complications, such as blood clots, breathing problems, and help treat mental problems related to the injury.

Treating a Traumatic Brain Injury

If you sustained a traumatic brain injury, or you are unsure if you suffered from a traumatic brain injury, visit a hospital or your doctor as soon as possible. In many cases, traumatic brain injury survivors do not experience symptoms until several hours or even days after the incident. However, if you postpone treatment, you have a higher risk of permanent damage or, in some cases, death. In Wisconsin, there are several traumatic brain injury units available that are regulated by the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA).

Oftentimes, the assistance of many medical specialists, physicians, and advisors are necessary when treating a traumatic brain injury. Additionally, a survivor’s family members often partake in the rehabilitation process.

Below are some of the functional problems medical professionals treat in brain injury survivors:

  • Difficulty with decision-making, remembering, reasoning, and thought processes
  • Trouble with balance and coordination
  • Loss of limb movement or weakness
  • Issues with bladder and bowel function
  • Emotional problems caused by the injury
  • Problems communicating with others
  • The inability to swallow

To help brain injury survivors recover, many brain injury treatment programs assist them in relearning certain skills, such as:

  • Communication skills
  • Nutrition
  • Motor skills
  • Behavior control
  • Cognition
  • Eating and swallowing
  • Reintegration

In exceptionally severe cases, readjusting to life in the aftermath of sustaining such a catastrophic injury takes time and involves an extensive amount of support. You might require outpatient therapy, home therapy, or another form of assistance to help reintegrate you.

Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Not all traumatic brain injuries present immediate symptoms, especially if your adrenaline levels are high or you are in shock.

Some of the signs you should be aware of include:

  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Depression
  • Slurred speech
  • Changes in behavior
  • Loss of coordination

Reach Out to a Compassionate Personal Injury Attorney Today!

If you sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact the team at Casey Law Offices, S.C. for the knowledgeable legal representation you deserve. Our attorney has assisted traumatic brain injury survivors and their families for more than 25 years and would be honored to do the same for you. We understand the difficulties you are facing and how overwhelming this situation can be, especially once the medical bills associated with your injury start piling up.

Contact our law office today at (414) 422-8440 to schedule a free consultation with our trusted personal injury attorney. We will not charge any legal fees until we win your case.

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