How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are typically sustained in motor vehicle, motorcycle, or other serious accidents. A patient’s recovery time after a TBI greatly depends upon the severity of the injury or injuries involved. The recovery time period can range anywhere from 6 months to 2 years following the date of the injury.
If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury1 as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Our experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers have the necessary medical knowledge and legal expertise to represent you throughout your case and help you to obtain the monetary compensation you need and deserve.
Three Stages of Recovery
The are typically three stages of recovery following a severe TBI, including the following:
- Coma2 – During this phase, the person is unconscious, does not respond to external stimuli, and is unable to communicate.
- Vegetative State – During this phase, the person alternates between asleep and awake but may briefly respond to visual stimuli or sounds.
- Minimal Consciousness – During this phase, the person may know where (or from whom) the visual stimuli and sounds come and may respond to auditory commands and/or reach for objects.
Studies show that the most rapid improvement following a TBI occurs during the first six weeks after the injury happens, with gradual improvement over the course of two years. Additional improvements after the two-year mark are usually minimal to none.
Unpredictability of Recovery Period
Unlike some other parts of the human body, the brain is an extremely complex organ. Moreover, the brain has probably been studied less than any other bodily organ, and doctors and scientists have only recently begun to understand its complexities. As such, the long-term impacts of traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to predict.
Moreover, brain swelling and other internal conditions vary from person to person, and a person’s age and pre-injury abilities play a significant part in the recovery period following a traumatic brain injury.
Some factors that are good predictors of full or partial recovery following a TBI include the following:
- The length of time during which the person is in a coma
- The extent of the person’s memory loss immediately after emerging from the coma
Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
The consequences of traumatic brain injuries can be costly, painful, and lifelong for the victim – not to mention the victim’s family and loved ones. As in all personal injury cases, the insurance company is not on your side, and an insurance company’s goal is not to offer fair and equitable compensation for the injuries and damages sustained. Rather, the insurance company’s goal is often to settle the case as cheaply as possible.
An experienced Clearwater personal injury attorney will be able to negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf, and if necessary, litigate the case and obtain a favorable result at arbitration or trial. You can contact the experienced Clearwater personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group by calling 727-451-6900, or contact us online.
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