Typically, when a victim has suffered a moderate to severe brain injury, they should seek immediate medical treatment. Medical professionals will focus on stabilizing the victim of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and preventing further injury. Different types of tests and imaging, including x-rays to help determine if the victim suffered any fractures or spinal damage, can help medical professionals diagnose the brain injury and provide a prognosis to the victim.
Following the injury, victims of traumatic brain injuries may require ongoing treatment. Victims may receive rehabilitative treatments including physical therapy, speech and language therapy, psychiatric therapy, occupational therapy and other types of treatment and support. Rehabilitation brain injury treatments are individually designed to treat the unique needs of each victim of TBI. Because of the serious nature of traumatic brain injuries and their oftentimes lasting effects, proper treatment of TBIs can be both lengthy and costly.
When a victim has suffered a traumatic brain injury in a traumatic accident, such as a car or other type of motor vehicle accident, victims may seek help with damages and medical costs associated with the TBI from the party, such as a negligent driver, responsible for the harm the victim has suffered. Depending on the circumstances, victims may be able to recover damages for medical care and costs, lost wages and lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages, all of which can be extensive.
Victims of a traumatic brain injury, and their families who are oftentimes also significantly impacted by the loved one’s TBI, should be familiar with the numerous resources available to them. Among the resources available to victims of traumatic brain injuries are legal options and resources designed to help protect and compensate victims as they focus on recovery.
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “NINDS Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page,” Accessed Sept. 21, 2015