A traumatic brain injury isn’t something that quickly heals. Instead, it can take many months or years to make progress after this type of injury, with no guarantee of making a full recovery.
The key to successfully treating a traumatic brain injury is receiving immediate medical care. So, if you find yourself in this position, such as after a motor vehicle accident, it’s critical to call for help.
Emergency treatment for a traumatic brain injury often calls for surgery, such as in the following situations:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Severe skull fracture
- Too much pressure build-up in the skull
All of these things are extremely dangerous to your long-term health, as they can cause damage to brain tissue and even death.
Surgery is not always required to treat a traumatic brain injury, and there are other forms of treatment that often come into play:
- Medication: There is no medication available to directly treat a traumatic brain injury, but these are instead used to deal with the symptoms and side effects. For example, if you’re at risk of blood clots, an anticoagulant may be necessary. Just the same, if you’re struggling with mood instability and/or depression, an antidepressant can bring some relief.
- Rehabilitation therapy: There are many types of rehabilitation that can help you recover from a traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, cognitive therapy, vocational counseling and psychological counseling.
Even if two people suffer the same type of traumatic brain injury, the way they react to treatment won’t be identical. This is why it’s critical to receive an immediate diagnosis, while following the treatment schedule laid out by your medical team.
As time allows, you can also learn more about the accident that caused your traumatic brain injury. For example, if you were injured in a motor vehicle crash, review the police report and collect evidence and documentation associated with your injuries and treatment.
It’s your goal to file an insurance claim and take other steps to receive compensation for your serious injury and other damages associated with the accident, such as lost wages.