Treatment Options for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries occur when an individual’s head is struck by an outside force, causing damage to the tissue within the cranial cavity. In many cases, traumatic brain injuries present immediate, urgent medical needs, requiring qualified intervention in order to prevent the victim’s condition from worsening.
The consequences of a traumatic brain injury can be devastating for victims. Because of the central role that the brain plays in almost every aspect of a person’s daily life, even minor damage can have profound consequences, from making certain types of work difficult to causing permanent personality changes to making even simple tasks, such as brushing your teeth, impossible.
Fortunately, those who suffer traumatic brain injuries do have a number of treatment options available to help them recover from the effects of their injury. Some of the most common treatment options currently available for traumatic brain injuries include the following:
Surgical Treatment: while not all traumatic brain injuries are of sufficient severity to warrant surgical intervention, in those cases where it is necessary, a number of different surgical operations may be necessary to prevent the patient’s health from worsening. Some of these operations may include the removal of hematomas or contusions, craniotomy, and decompressive craniectomy.
Physical Rehabilitation: once the patient has been fully stabilized, treatment typically progresses to the physical rehabilitation stage. Depending on the nature of the injury suffered, a wide range of different forms of physical rehabilitation may be necessary, including speech therapy, physiotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, and occupational therapy. In addition, it may be necessary to involve the assistance of mental health professionals to help the patient with any emotional or psychological changes that may have occurred as a result of the injury.
Pharmacological Treatment: pharmaceutical medications may be necessary to help treat some of the symptoms of traumatic brain injury once a patient is released from medical care, particularly in cases involving mental or emotional disorders. Pharmaceuticals may also be necessary to help treat secondary conditions associated with traumatic brain injuries, such as the development of epilepsy.
Unfortunately, in many cases, the effects that traumatic brain injuries cause before treatment is initiated cannot be completely undone. For many, this means permanent consequences for their lives and well-being. In these circumstances, injury victims may be able to pursue compensation for their damages if their injury was caused by another person. Understanding the medical consequences of a traumatic brain injury is the key to a successful resolution of a personal injury claim. Last year, the law firm of Hach & Rose, LLP, obtained a jury verdict of over thirteen million dollars on behalf of a man who sustained a traumatic brain injury. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are committed to helping traumatic brain injury victims pursue the financial support they need to cope with their damages. Contact us today at 866-LAWS-USA or 212-779-0057 to learn more about what we can do for you.