Monday, November 6, 2017

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Recovery

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are usually caused by a traumatic blow or jolt to the head or body that results in a disruption to brain functioning. The seriousness of the injury relates to the nature of the incident and the force of the blow. TBIs are categorized as mild, moderate, and severe, but even a mild brain injury is a serious injury for which you should seek immediate medical attention and prompt diagnosis. While mild, traumatic brain injury can cause brain cells to be temporarily dysfunctional, more serious injuries can cause brain damage in the form of bruising, torn tissues, bleeding, and other long-term complications.1 Traumatic brain injuries can reap a wide variety of both physical and psychological damage.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can have wide-ranging effects that include physical, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, psychological, and personality-altering symptoms that can range from mild to severe. These symptoms can include:

  • Unconsciousness;
  • Confusion;
  • Headache;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Sleep difficulties;
  • Extreme fatigue;
  • Mood swings or changes; and
  • Unusual behavior.

In more serious injuries, these symptoms can be exacerbated, and severe TBIs can also have more profound symptoms such as convulsions, seizures, or clear fluid draining from the nose or eyes. TBI can be difficult to diagnose because the physical damage to the brain is not always discernable through standard diagnostic tools. If you have suffered a blow to your head, it is important to seek immediate medical attention and to continue to monitor your symptoms.

Course of Recovery

The most common causes of TBIs are falls and collisions. But each traumatic brain injury is unique to its own exact circumstances. For this reason, every recovery process follows its own course. While many people who suffer TBIs return to their former abilities and their “old self,” others do not. The recovery process can be long and arduous for both you and your loved ones.

The process of recovery goes in stages, but the first step should always include medical attention and medical stabilization when necessary. During the first couple of months after incurring a TBI, you will most likely experience your most rapid recovery. After six months, you will probably have achieved most of your initial recovery gains, and your doctor will be better able to predict the course of your expected recovery at this time. After this initial recovery, you can continue to make more gradual gains for up to two years and beyond. The recovery process is notoriously slow and the psychological effects can be the most difficult to recover from.

If you or someone you care about is recovering from a traumatic brain injury – incurred in an accident caused by the negligence of another – you should hire an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you on the path to financial recovery.

Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney in the Clearwater Area

If you are recovering from a TBI in Florida, do not hesitate to call Dolman Law Group. We are here to help and our experienced and skilled personal injury attorneys will work with you to protect your rights and to obtain the legal results that you deserve. Give Dolman Law Group a call today at 727-451-6900 or contact us online.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

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