TBI Can Require Extensive Therapy
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that there approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year. TBIs can range from “mild” to “severe,” and a concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. While many TBIs are self-resolving and require little medical intervention, they have the potential to require significant and long-term treatment. As a result, many TBI victims are left with significant medical expenses and lose a substantial amount of income due to missed work.
Fortunately, in many cases, these and other losses are recoverable by filing a personal injury claim. The Clearwater traumatic brain injury attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are committed to helping individuals who have sustained a TBI due to the negligence of others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at (727) 451-6900.
Common causes of serious traumatic brain injuries
TBIs can occur in a variety of situations. In some cases, even circumstances or activities that seem relatively low-risk can precipitate a brain injury. Some of the more common causes of serious TBIs include the following:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Sports accidents
- Playground accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Recreational accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Accidents caused by defective products
- Nursing home accidents
All traumatic brain injuries are serious, so anyone who has sustained a bump, blow, or jolt to the head should undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible.
Types of therapy for TBI victims
After a TBI victim is stabilized, the particular damage must be assessed. TBIs affect different victims in different ways and symptoms can vary widely depending on the location and severity of the injury. Medical professionals will perform a variety of tests to determine the exact physical, cognitive, and emotional effects of a particular TBI. Once a victim’s challenges are identified, professionals will work to develop an individualized plan for therapy and rehabilitation.
TBI victims may require many different types of therapy, including:
- Physical therapy to help with balance, coordination, and everyday manual tasks
- Occupational therapy to redevelop and recover skills for daily living and working, if possible
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to change thought patterns and to gear toward problem-solving
- Psychological or psychiatric therapy, which may include medication, to help a victim cope with the emotional effects and challenges of living with a brain injury
- Speech and language therapy to assist with expressing thoughts through oral or written communication and comprehending the language of others during conversation
- Environmental modification to change a victim’s living space to maximize functioning and abilities and limit inherent challenges
Therapy for family members of caretakers to assist with coping mechanisms
While some TBI victims may only need one type of therapy, others may require a combination or even all types of rehabilitation in order to return to regular life as much as possible. Victims may receive therapy in outpatient or inpatient programs, independent living developments, classes, and more. Therapy teams may include rehabilitation specialists and nurses, therapists, social workers, and more. As you can imagine, this type of extensive therapy program can be extremely costly for victims and their families, especially if the victim cannot work during rehabilitation.
Contact a Clearwater traumatic brain injury attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Traumatic brain injuries can leave victims with serious complications and significant economic losses. At the Dolman Law Group, our team of Clearwater TBI lawyers understands how important it is for victims to hold the party that caused their injury responsible and work hard to ensure each client we represent get the full and fair value of their legal claim. We utilize a contingency fee agreement for all our of our personal injury clients, which means that we do not collect any legal fees unless we bring your case to a successful resolution. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call the Dolman Law Group today at (727) 451-6900.
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