Traumatic brain injury (TBI) acts differently with each person. The only commonality is that lives are changed, both that of the injured person and the lives of loved ones. TBIs can be both physically and emotionally disabling.
What is Not Affected by TBI
Who the person is at their core remains the same. They still feel the same about their families, retain long-term memories, and know how to perform tasks they knew how to do, although their ability to do so may be severely compromised. They still have the same knowledge of the world as they did prior to the injury. This knowledge remains intact, although the person’s frustration with their condition or physical limitations can have a very negative emotional impact as time passes.
Recovery Occurs in Phases
It may take months or even years for the physiological recovery from the initial trauma. It’s encouraging, of course, to have the brain recover from the initial trauma, but then the long-term problems remain to be dealt with. A knowledgeable traumatic brain injury lawyer in Waldorf MD understands this process.
*Which of the functions controlled by the brain have been affected? Any (or all) functions could be impacted.
*An individual may have mild to severe difficulties in one or many areas of their life.
*The area(s) of dysfunction can range from mild to moderate to severe or life-threatening.
The intensity of therapy increases as the patient’s condition improves. In an acute-care setting, therapy can continue for several hours each day.
*Limbs may be weaker. In this situation, people often adapt in non-beneficial manners to this sort of weakness. This maladaptive behaviour must be replaced with behaviours that make use of the weakened arm or leg.
*Attempts to walk may begin fairly early, but an individual’s balance can be seriously compromised. Falling would be dangerous without appropriate and normal reflexes.
*Extended speech therapy is often necessary as well as training to regain lost cognitive abilities.
*Occupational therapy will be employed to relearn the skills needed in everyday life, such as daily grooming and dressing.
As you can imagine, treating all of the ramifications of a TBI is extremely expensive in medical costs, lost income, and many other ways. Danny R. Seidman is an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer in Waldorf MD who has assisted others in similar circumstances. Visit Dseidmanlaw.com to discuss your legal options.