We rarely prepare for the unexpected, and so many of those involved in life-changing accidents are often unable to cope. This can be especially true after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Brain injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents, although most are caused by falls and car crashes. They can also be caused by sports injuries, work accidents and assault.
While the brain is protected by the skull, the brain itself is soft and susceptible to damage in the event of a blow to the head. The brain can be slammed against the skull or shaken, causing bruising, swelling or bleeding.
Even a mild brain injury can cause severe issues and require a significant recovery period. Read on to discover the signs of a brain injury and what treatment will entail.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Brain injury symptoms fall into four main categories: memory, physical, sleep and emotions. In terms of memory, a person with a brain injury may experience difficulty concentrating and learning new things. Physically, they may experience headaches, vomiting, dizziness and fatigue. They may have balance problems and be sensitive to light and noise. In terms of mood, a brain injury can cause a person to feel anxious, irritable and sad. In terms of sleep, a person may see changes such as sleeping more or less.
Brain Injury Treatment
Fortunately, most brain injuries are mild concussions that heal well. The treatment will depend on the severity. For mild brain injuries, the most important thing a person can do is rest. Those who were injured while playing sports should cease activity until the brain injury has healed.
For more severe cases, more treatment is required. The most important steps will be to keep the victim stable and ensure adequate oxygen flow and keeping blood pressure under control. Surgery may be needed to prevent further damage and remove blood clots, repair skull fractures and relieve pressure in the skull.
Therapy will likely be required to help the person regain physical and mental function. Physical, speech and cognitive therapy may be needed, as well as psychological and vocational counseling.
Medications may be prescribed to alleviate pain and inflammation and prevent secondary issues. Anti-anxiety medications can help with fear and nervousness and antidepressants can help with other mood problems. Anticoagulants can keep blood clots from forming. Muscle relaxants can help control spasms. Anticonvulsants can help those who are suffering from seizures. Stimulants can help those are tired and need to feel more awake and alert.
Get Hurt? Get Gary!
A brain injury is a serious medical condition that can affect a person’s life in many ways. Such an incident can lead to many damages that can impact a person for the rest of their life.
Recovering from a brain injury can be costly. If you or a loved one is a victim, get the resources you need from a Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer. We can help you with financial and physical recovery. To schedule a free consultation, call 844-GET-GARY today.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.