As a victim of trauma, one of the injuries you may now face is a traumatic brain injury. There are many kinds of injuries that can take place, but this kind is particularly serious because of how it can affect you. You may suffer symptoms like a loss of consciousness, difficulties with your memory or difficulties speaking. Your attorney can help you get the compensation you need for your injury, but you should understand how your injury will affect you to know why it’s so important to be compensated fairly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that a traumatic brain injury actually disrupts the way your brain functions, hindering the functional independence of a person. A TBI can lead to great problems in a person’s social, personal and work life.
These injuries come in three types of severity: mild, moderate and severe. Most TBIs do fall under the mild range, but for the people suffering from moderate or severe injuries, recovery can be particularly difficult. Residual long-term impairments can be common for these individuals, and the long recovery can be costly financially and wearing on the body.
On top of that, it’s hard to know how fast someone can recover from these kinds of injuries. Each individual is different, and that means that what works in recovery for one person may not work as well for another. That’s what makes it so hard for doctors to say how long it will take for a person to complete recovery for one of these injuries.
Rehabilitation comes in three stages for these people. First, inpatient treatment takes place, which may be at a hospital. Second, the person will begin living at home and be integrated into a community, which means that he or she is well enough to start reintegrating into his or her old way of life. He or she may be able to work or may just take on social roles. Finally, life-long care may be required, which may include a nurse in the home, long-term rehabilitation services or other processes. Our website has more information on this process, so you can understand what you should ask for in your claim.