How long it takes to recover from a traumatic brain injury depends on the severity of your condition. It can also depend on your age, your previous health, whether you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in the past, and the severity of your symptoms. It also depends on how the victim cares for their injuries after the accident.
For instance, recovery from a concussion can take as little as a week, according to Healthline. On the other hand, a skull fracture can take many months to heal.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might have options when it comes to recovering compensation for your losses. While a medical doctor can explain how long it takes to recover from a traumatic brain injury, a lawyer could help you pursue financial recovery.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
As noted earlier, your recovery period following a traumatic brain injury depends on many different factors. One of those factors includes the severity of your symptoms. For instance, if you suffered significant brain damage, you may require months or years of therapy to recover some or all of your previous brain function.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Difficulty remembering and processing information
- Slower mental function
- Nausea and vomiting
- Depression, anxiety, and irritability
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
Some traumatic brain injuries show symptoms immediately after an injury occurs. Other conditions, however, develop gradually over time. A doctor can provide you with more information about your diagnosis and how long it will take for you to recover.
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Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Some traumatic brain injuries have faster recovery times than others. Some types of traumatic brain injuries and their corresponding recovery periods include:
- Intracranial hematoma. This form of hematoma occurs when blood or fluid collects outside of the brain. Sometimes, surgery is required to address the condition. Mayo Clinic says that this injury can require a recovery period of three months or longer.
- Skull fractures. The force of an impact can cause the skull to fracture. This injury can require weeks or months of recovery time.
- Diffuse axonal injury. This condition is caused when the brain’s connective nerves are damaged. If the injury was mild, recovery might be possible. However, severe forms of this injury can be fatal.
- Edema. Edema happens when fluid builds up around the brain and adds pressure to the skull. It also results in inflammation or swelling. This condition’s recovery period depends on the underlying cause of the swelling.
There are other types of traumatic brain injuries beyond those listed here.
Treatments for a Traumatic Brain Injury
The type of traumatic brain injury you suffered will determine what treatment plan could work for you. You may need to stay on certain medications, be admitted to a hospital, or undergo surgery to address your condition. If your case is mild, you may be asked to take a few days off from work and rest.
Some types of treatments that are used to address traumatic brain injuries include:
- Oxygen support
- Physical therapy
The cost of treating a traumatic brain injury can be expensive. However, if you or a loved one suffered an injury due to negligence, you could pursue the cost of treatment through a personal injury case.
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Bressman Law Wants to Help You Today
If you are interested in filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit to recover the cost of your traumatic brain injury-related damages, call Bressman Law. Our team has been serving personal injury clients for more than 30 years, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we only receive payment for our services if we settle your case for you.
We can help you seek compensation not only for your monetary losses but also for the harm done to your quality of life. If you cannot live independently, continue working, or have lost function in a part of your body, our team can consider this as part of your case value.
Keep in mind that you have a limited time to file a lawsuit for your case if a lawsuit is necessary for recovering your losses. Generally, you have two years to file a suit for a personal injury case in Ohio, according to Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10. For this reason, we advise getting started on your case as soon as you can so that your legal options are protected.
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