What Type of Care Is Needed After a Brain Injury?

Published on Feb 25, 2021 at 3:23 pm in Traumatic Brain Injury.

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When a person suffers from an injury to their brain, they will require serious treatment and care to ensure that they make as full of a recovery as possible. Your brain is the most important organ in your body because it controls every part of you—both consciously and subconsciously. After a brain injury, you’ll need specific care so that you can heal and get back to your regular functioning.

Brain injuries can be debilitating and drastically change your life. When the trauma to your head was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could use the help of a brain injury lawyer. At Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC in Jackson, we know how severe these injuries can be and know that your case needs to be handled carefully and fiercely so that you get the compensation you need.

Mild Brain Injury Treatments

When you or your loved one has suffered from a brain injury, it’s important to know what types of treatments are given for the injury so that you understand how to heal the trauma. Mild brain injuries, like concussions, can still cause permanent damage if they’re not taken seriously and treated right away. Here are some of the treatments and care that are needed after a mild brain injury:

  • Rest
  • Refraining from physical activity
  • Avoiding screens, like phones, computers, and TVs
  • Refraining from doing work on a computer
  • Not doing any work that requires too much processing from your brain
  • Avoiding alcohol and drugs, as they can slow the recovery process
  • Being vigilant so you don’t hit your head

These might all seem like simple care for a brain injury, but when your trauma was mild, the care that’s needed is easier to follow. If you don’t follow these treatments, however, you could make the injury worse and prolong treatment. If it gets worse, you could even get a serious brain injury, and need even more treatment than before.

Let’s take a look at the type of treatment that traumatic brain injuries or TBIs require.

Treatment for TBI Patients

More severe brain injuries require more than just rest and avoiding screens in order to treat them and ensure they heal. When a patient has suffered from a severe brain injury and needs emergency care, here are some of the actions that the medical staff will take, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

  • Ensuring the patient is stable, getting enough oxygen, and their head and neck are not continuing to be injured
  • Removing blood clots and pools to relieve pressure on the brain
  • Repairing skull fractures or removing parts of the skull to relieve pressure and allow the brain to start healing
  • Making a hole in the skull or adding a shunt to relieve pressure

The main concern in all of these treatments is to ensure that pressure is relieved inside the skull. When too much pressure builds up within the skull, it could cause more damage for the patient. By relieving the pressure, it allows the brain to expand and heal as needed.

Other than emergency treatment, there are different types of rehabilitation that brain injury patients benefit from. Here are some of the rehabilitation therapies that help TBI patients heal from their traumas:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Vocational Counseling
  • Cognitive Therapy

All of these therapies are intended to help you heal from your injuries and get you back to your everyday life as best as possible.

Our Lawyers Can Help You

Brain injuries can drastically change your life. When someone else’s negligence caused your TBI, you likely will want to hold them responsible for their actions and get compensation for the injuries and damages that you’ve suffered from. With the help of a brain injury lawyer from Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, you’ll be able to recover damages from the negligent party.

One of our attorneys will fight for your rights so that you can focus on what really matters, which is healing your brain. Contact our office today so that we can get started on your potential claim.

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