A brain injury is a condition that’s accompanied by several serious symptoms, including potentially fatal complications. A brain injury is usually classified as severe, moderate, or mild, based on the symptoms. The treatment options and prognosis with this injury type vary. Care is typically offered in a medical facility that specializes in brain trauma and injuries, where the care providers’ high competence level helps augment the likeliness of a favorable outcome for patients.
Brain injury causes can be categorized as either traumatic or non-traumatic, where head blows or car accidents are traumatic while aneurysms or strokes are non-traumatic. People with major brain injuries report of symptoms like asymmetrical pupil dilation, seizures, blurred vision, slurred speech, etc.
The Glasgow Coma Scale is one basic metric used for assessing brain injuries. It’s based on one’s consciousness and ability to respond. Scores in the three to eight range on this scale typically indicate a major brain injury. Moreover, no consciousness for 24 hours or more or amnesia that lasts more than a week also indicate a serious brain injury. All these signs exhibit the patient has undergone a major neurological event that has led to permanent brain damage.
When a patient seems to have a major brain injury, the prognosis is more focused on making sure the patient remains stable and the brain doesn’t get injured any further. This could entail providing patients intravenous fluids and oxygen support, along with intra-skull pressure level monitoring and treating conditions like aneurysms within the brain. The damage already done cannot be reversed, but the prognosis could be significantly improved by stopping the damage and closely watching the patient for new complication development.
For patients recovering from the initial scare, a major brain injury is typically accompanied with several days or even weeks or months of rehabilitation. During rehab, the patient would be taught to compensate for the lost brain functions and would develop skills that would come in handy with routine functioning post recovery. Patients in the rehab center invariably have physical therapists by their side, with other medical professionals coming by every now and then. Such assistance is offered after a complete assessment to ascertain the extent and nature of damage is done. Certain patients may need an assistant or aide to be their side for the rest of their lives, to assist with routine tasks the patient could no longer perform.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the fault or negligence of someone else, you should consider filing a lawsuit for compensation. Get in touch with Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP if you need help with your brain injury lawsuit. An experienced lawyer can help you recover the maximum compensation for your case. That compensation can be used to help pay for the medical bills and ongoing treatment for your brain injury, as well as lost wages, pain and suffering, or loss of quality of life.