A traumatic brain injury has the potential to result in serious injuries or death. Fortunately, over the years, treatment of these injuries has advanced. There's no guarantee someone with a traumatic brain injury will make a full recovery, but it's more likely today than ever before.
Treatment is based largely on the severity of the injury, with the following among the most common methods:
- Immediate emergency care: Emergency care is a must, as immediate treatment leads to a greater chance of making a full recovery.
- Medication: There is no medication for directly treating a traumatic brain injury, but there are several types that can help during the recovery process. For example, anti-seizure drugs are often prescribed to those at risk of seizure following their injury.
- Surgery: Not every traumatic brain injury requires surgery, but it's necessary in many cases. For example, if there's a skull fracture or bleeding in the brain, surgery is typically required to make an immediate repair.
- Rehabilitation: Most people who suffer a traumatic brain injury will require some form of rehabilitation. In the most serious of cases, they require rehabilitation to relearn basic skills, such as talking and walking. There are many rehabilitation specialists who can help, such as: physical therapist, occupational therapist, physiatrist, rehabilitation nurse, neuropsychologist and recreational therapist.
It's critical to rely on the professional advice and guidance of your medical team, as they know how to best treat a traumatic brain injury. If you're helping a loved one during this difficult time, here are some questions to ask their doctor:
- What's the extent of the injury?
- Is it possible for them to make a full recovery?
- Have you treated this type of injury in the past?
- Are there any particular steps we can take to increase the likelihood of a recovery?
As time allows, it's also important to learn more about the cause of the accident that resulted in the injury. For example, if a negligent trucker caused an accident, they may be on the hook for compensation related to injuries and other damage.
Visit our website for advice on what to do if you or a loved one suffers an injury in a motor vehicle accident in Colorado.