Every year, nearly 2 million people suffer head injuries, and many of them must deal with lifelong repercussions. Head injuries may have many causes, such as sports injuries or slip-and-fall accidents. If your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, he or she may be dealing with other physical trauma as well, and you are likely bracing yourself for a long recovery.
In a car accident, the impact of vehicles may cause the brain to slam against the inside walls of the skull. If the head strikes against another object, the skull may crack, and bits of bone may lodge in the brain. However, even if your loved one's head injury is not visible, the damage may be quite serious.
The new reality after a TBI
Even a minor head injury can have unpleasant results, such as headaches, insomnia or agitation. With a TBI, the symptoms can be much more severe. While your loved one bears the heaviest burden of recovery, there is no doubt that the lives of many in your family may change in dramatic ways, including:
There are no two brain injuries alike, which may be why it is difficult for Oklahoma doctors to predict how your loved one will respond to treatment or which course of action may be best in this situation. Whether your loved one suffered an open head wound or a severe concussion, the damage to the brain and its nerve cells may alter the way your loved one thinks and understands.
A plan for recovery
The treatment for a TBI depends on the type of injury, the affected area of the brain, and the age and health of your loved one. In many cases, a TBI requires surgery, rehabilitation, medication, and perhaps occupational or physical therapy. If your loved one's injury was extremely severe, you may need around the clock help to care for him or her.
Many people with brain injuries become depressed because of the drastic changes in their lives and their abilities. Others are able to develop new skills and continue with their lives in their new reality. How your loved one adjusts and progresses may depend on the amount of support and encouragement you can give as well as the quality of medical and rehabilitative care he or she receives.
Of course, such treatment is not free, and the expenses you have already incurred since the accident have likely taken their toll on your household. While you may have many questions about your loved one's medical care, you may also consider seeking legal advice about the options for seeking compensation from the driver responsible for the accident that resulted in your loved one's brain injury.