There is still so much we don’t know about traumatic brain injuries. Research is being conducted to better treat and rehabilitate those who have suffered from brain injuries. No two injuries are exactly alike, but one thing is for certain. Living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a lifelong burden. It doesn’t just impact the patient, it impacts loved ones, family members and friends too. Unlike most other types of physical catastrophic injuries, a TBI can actually alter a patient’s personality. This means that you might not feel like yourself anymore. Memory loss and other memory problems are very common. This can make integrating back into your regular life much more difficult than with any other type of injury. In severe cases, patients may need to learn how to talk, brush their teeth, dress themselves and do other daily tasks, all over again.Initial Costs Associated with a TBI
The initial costs associated with a TBI are just the beginning of a lifetime of expenses. Some patients may be induced into a coma. Surgical procedures may be vital to remove blood clots. Skull fractures will need to be repaired, and in many cases, doctors will open a small window into the skull to relieve pressure. Like with any catastrophic injury, the severity usually determines the costs associated with the lifetime treatment and care of a patient. Occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and neuropsychology are just a few different types of rehabilitation programs associated with TBI treatment. Some of the more severe catastrophic brain injuries will leave patients in need of nearly constant care. At best, a lifetime of cognitive, emotional and mental supportive care will be a necessity.Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury
Living with a traumatic brain injury impacts not only the patient, but also the patient’s entire family and support system. More than any other injury, this type of catastrophic injury greatly impacts interpersonal relationships. Patients might be suffering from severe mood swings and depression, or they may not recognize their loved ones at all. Memory loss can also make patients feel lost or removed from their loved ones and their lives. Managing emotions, rage, anger, depression and other moods might also become a day-to-day struggle for those living with a TBI. Having lifelong supportive care is absolutely critical, even for seemingly mild to moderate brain injuries.Common Causes of TBI
Complications with this type of catastrophic injury are vast and still not fully understood by the medical and research communities. Immediate complications can occur shortly after the initial injury. These complications include coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, locked-in syndrome and brain death. Additional complications of a TBI can include seizures, fluid buildup, infections, blood vessel damage, nerve damage, intellectual problems, communications problems and behavioral problems. Other common and sometimes debilitating side effects of a TBI are sensory problems. This can lead to persistent ringing in the ears, difficulty recognizing objects, double vision and other problems associated with how we sense the world around us.Loved Ones and Your TBI
This type of catastrophic injury is very different from most others. It impacts your mental and emotional state. Caring for a loved one with a TBI can be incredibly difficult. Even though the patient is suffering with the effects of the TBI, the family is also going through a difficult time. There is still so much we don’t know about brain injury and brain injury recovery. Personality changes can be drastic and hard for loved ones to accept and cope with. Your life doesn’t go back to the way it was before the accident. You and your family have to chart a new course and make the appropriate accommodations for living with a TBI.Speaking with an Experienced Catastrophic Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury due to somebody else’s negligent, careless or reckless act, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer with catastrophic injury experience as soon as possible. It’s important to speak with attorney who has brain-injury case experience. There is still so much research going on to better understand the full lifelong implications of a brain injury, so it’s absolutely essential to plan for all potential issues associated with long-term lifelong care. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is here to answer your questions about catastrophic injury cases involving traumatic brain injuries.