Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
New York Personal Injury Lawyer Helping You Get the Medical Care You Need for Your TBI
One of the most common, and most serious, injuries suffered by car crash victims is traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI occurs when an accident victim suffers a severe blow to the head, causing the brain to rattle around in the skull and sustain damage. Even a mild TBI can result in a concussion, which can have lasting consequences impacting an accident victim’s life.
If you or a family member have suffered a TBI because of a car accident, slip and fall, defective product, or other negligence-based incident, you are entitled to compensation. The at-fault party is responsible for covering your medical expenses, in addition to repaying you for your lost wages, pain and suffering, and other harm caused by your injuries.
Treatments for Mild TBI
A mild TBI, commonly called a concussion, might not require specific treatment beyond rest. It’s important to obtain a diagnosis and recommended course of recovery, however. Continuing as normal after a concussion can put an injured patient at risk of exacerbating their injuries, which can push back the healing process. Returning to normal life activities too soon after a mild TBI is likely to lead to worse problems and a longer recovery process, and leave the patient exposed to further injury for a longer time.
Even strenuous mental activities such as working at a computer or studying can worsen TBI symptoms, despite a lack of physical strain. A patient suffering from TBI may need to refrain from these types of activities as well as others, such as drinking alcohol or consuming certain drugs. Even a mild TBI, then, can severely impact an accident victim’s way of life for a time. Talk to your doctor and discuss your life adjustments with your personal injury attorney to ensure you are on the correct pathway toward recovery while preserving your legal rights along the way.
Emergency Treatment for Serious TBI
Serious brain injuries can be life-threatening or leave the victim at risk of coma, permanent brain damage, and other life-altering problems. Emergency treatment of a TBI typically involves stabilizing the patient, ensuring their brain is getting enough oxygen, maintaining blood pressure and brain pressure, and avoiding further injury to the head or neck.
Depending upon the nature of the injury, emergency treatment for TBI may require invasive surgery or other procedures. Physicians might need to clear blood clots or blood pooling inside the brain or skull, which could put undue pressure on the brain and cause problems if left untreated. Surgeons may need to repair skull fractures or remove pieces of the skull as well if the victim was struck especially hard. TBI patients must also be monitored for increased pressure inside the skull which can worsen the brain damage.
Long Recovery from TBI and Invasive Treatments
If you or a loved one have suffered a severe TBI, you might need to undergo serious surgery and the weeks or months of accompanying rehabilitation that follows brain surgery and brain injury. Serious TBI can severely impact a victim’s ability to function normally, which can take months or years to correct, if full recovery is possible. Make sure to consult with your doctor about your course of treatment and speak with a seasoned New York TBI lawyer to ensure that the parties responsible for your brain injuries are held liable for the devastation they have caused you and your family.
For help obtaining the medical care you need without paying thousands out of pocket after a traumatic brain injury in New York’s Hudson Valley, including Goshen, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Saugerties, or throughout Ulster County, contact a zealous New York traumatic brain injury lawyer from Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a free consultation, in Kingston at 845-331-4100, or in Marlboro at 845-236-4411.