A look at the potentially extensive treatment for brain injuries

Brain injuries can cause extensive physical and emotional trauma. The goal of immediate medical care and intervention is to minimize the impact or worsening of the injury, which is treated with emergency care, medications and, at times, surgical intervention. This course of treatment, however, may not be the end of the story, as many people who suffer brain injuries experience the need for continuing treatment and long-term care, which can be costly.

Most victims of a serious brain injury will require rehabilitation and rehabilitative care. Depending on the nature and severity of the injuries suffered by the victim, the victim may have to re-learn basic activities, such as walking and talking, to be able to engage in daily activities. Brain injury victims may transition through a number of different types of facilities during the rehabilitative process. The unique circumstances of each individual and each incident, as well as the type and severity of the brain injury and the location of the injury on the brain, will all influence the rehabilitative process.

A number of rehabilitative specialists may be necessary for the victim's recovery, including a psychiatrist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech and language pathologist, neuropsychologist, social worker or case manager, rehabilitation nurse, traumatic brain injury nurse specialist, vocational counselor and recreational therapist. Each expert can play an important role in the recovery process for the victim of a brain injury.

Experts and medical expenses can be costly for people who suffer from brain injuries, as well as their family members , but there may be different options to consider for the recovery of damages when a brain injury is caused by another party, such as in a car accident caused by a negligent driver.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic Brain Injury treatments and drugs," Accessed July 6, 2015

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