According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in accidents each year. About three-quarters of these brain injuries are concussions or other mild TBIs. This means that an estimated 425,000 people in the United States suffer major, often life-changing brain injuries every single year. Whether a person suffers a milder or more serious injury, brain injuries usually require medical treatment. Sometimes, this treatment can be extensive and may include the following steps.
- Rest—Everyone who suffers any form of TBI must take it easy following the injury. They should take a break from school, work, or any other activities until a doctor advises so. Return to regular activities often takes place gradually. Furthermore, the brain injury victim should be monitored for arising symptoms.
- Emergency care—If a moderate to severe brain injury is suspected, the victim should seek medical attention immediately. Stabilization and inflammation control is vital to protect the victim from further damage.
- Surgery—Surgery may be required to further stabilize the victim and repair as much damage as possible. Surgeries may be used to repair skull fractures, relieve pressure, drain fluid, remove blood clots, and more.
- Medication—Victims of traumatic brain injuries often require medication to limit the brain damage. Common medications include diuretics to reduce fluid on the brain, anti-seizure medication, and even medication to induce a coma if it will help the patient heal by decreasing brain function.
Contact a Fayette County Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
If your brain injury occurred because someone else acted in a negligent manner, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated for all of your medical treatment and pain and suffering you experienced. You should not hesitate to contact an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury to discuss a possible case. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free consultation.