The Prognosis of a TBI
According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 50% of people with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will experience a downturn or fatality within five years from sustaining the injury. While the statistics may seem alarming, there are therapies and treatments available that can lower the risk of complications and mitigate symptoms. Here’s what you need to know.
Preventing Further Damage After a TBI Injury
After sustaining a TBI, it’s critical to seek treatment immediately to keep further damage at bay. The following are the most common treatments used to prevent further damage or inflammation to the brain after sustaining a TBI.
- Medication may be utilized to prevent or limit secondary damage. For example, diuretics may be used to reduce fluid buildup or anti-seizure medications to limit the occurrence of seizures. If there is pressure on the brain, coma-inducing medicines may be administered for relief.
- Surgery may be necessary if brain tissues are clotted to stop bleeding in the brain, repair skull fractures, or relieve pressure on the skull.
- Rehabilitation is a common therapy that can help someone relieve symptoms and other long-term problems of a TBI. People who have difficulty with talking or walking or any other body function issues may need the following types of rehabilitation:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech or language therapy
- Social work
- Vocational counseling
Common Long-Term Problems Associated with TBIs
Someone with a traumatic brain injury may have long-term issues, including but not limited to:
- A vegetative or minimally conscious state
- Brain death
- Blood vessel damage
- Paralysis of facial muscles or losing facial sensations
- Vision problems
- Swallowing problems
- Ringing in the ear
- Hearing loss
- Cognitive issues (memory, learning, reasoning, judgment, concentration)
- Speech difficulties
- Issues with self-control (verbal or physical outbursts)
- Mood swings
In some cases, a TBI can increase the risk of degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or dementia pugilistica.
What to Do After a Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury
Sustaining a TBI is a challenging experience, and when facing long-term medical problems, it can be that much more daunting. Our attorneys have the expertise, skill, and knowledge needed to protect your best interests.
Serious injuries need strong attorneys. We’ll be your advocate to ensure your rights are protected. If you have suffered severe injuries due to another’s negligence, we are here fighting to ensure you receive the most successful outcome possible.
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