Thinking about life after a traumatic brain injury is a challenge

The inability to think clearly happens often with a traumatic brain injury. Whether this condition, and the others that accompany an injury to your brain, rectify themselves depends on the severity of the injury and the part of your brain that is affected. Fortunately, nearly 85 percent of those who suffer a brain injury recover, but if you are one of the 15 percent who does not make a full recovery, you could face lifelong challenges.

Even a mild traumatic brain injury can affect every aspect of your life. Headaches, confusion and insomnia are possible, along with altered moods. With a more serious injury, these symptoms worsen and often other issues accompany them.

You suffered from one of two kinds of TBI

Traumatic brain injuries come in two forms:

  1. An open head injury exhibits outward signs of trauma. Cuts and other open wounds make looking at an individual with this injury frightening. This is mainly because head wounds bleed excessively. Fragments of the skull often penetrate the brain. Removing those fragments requires a great deal of skill since any errors threaten to make the injury worse or life threatening.
  2. A closed head injury comes with no outward signs of trauma. Your brain more than likely bounced around inside your skull. These impacts cause the injuries to your brain, and they affect you just as much as those suffered in an open head injury.

In light of medical advancements, the sooner you receive treatment for a TBI, the better. Reversing any damage already done might be problematic, but arresting further damage makes your recovery more of a possibility. For this reason alone, you should get to a doctor as soon as possible after a head injury since the first hours after the trauma often dictate your recovery, along with the quality of care you receive. If necessary, surgery, physical therapy and relearning certain skills will help in that recovery.

Even so, permanent damage done to your brain leaves you unable to continue living as you did prior to the accident that caused your injury. Adjusting to life after a traumatic brain injury presents its challenges, which are physical, emotional and cognitive, along with financial.

Depending on the severity of your injury, the costs associated with your care probably exceeded, and will continue to exceed, your financial means. If you suffered your TBI due to the actions of another person or persons, understanding your legal rights and options would be beneficial. A personal injury claim filed against the party or parties believed responsible could result in an award of damages from a New York court. Any compensation you receive could provide you with the funds you need to manage your care now and in the future


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