Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Survivors of traumatic brain injury are likely to
receive hospital and rehabilitative care from a wide range of
professionals. Indeed, a multi-disciplinary treatment and
rehabilitative approach is justified in cases of traumatic brain
. A very brief summary of the role each professional may play
follows. Note, however, that the needs of each patient are unique, and
many of the following specialists may not therefore be required.
Likewise, still other patients may require the services of orthopedics,
otolaryngologists, and others, not discussed below.
Physician specialist trained in the surgical intervention of the
nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves and
muscle.often- times the team coordinator in cases of “moderate” to
“severe” traumatic brain injury.
Physician specialist trained in medical treatment of nervous system,
including brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. May be called upon to
diagnose injury and consult on immediate medical care. Seek
neuropsychologist opinion if injury called "mild" or "short-term"
Physician specialist with emphasis both in physical medicine and
rehabilitative medicine. Directed at renewing function, these doctors
are trained both in neurology and orthopedics.
Psychologist specialist trained to assess brain function through test
batteries designed to measure cognitive deficits. Thereafter,selects
and conducts rehabilitative efforts.
(e) Respiratory/Pulmonary Therapist.
Trained therapist that assist the pulmonary needs of a patient,
including maintenance of ventilators employed to insure clear airways,
especially on comatose patients.
(f) Physical Therapist.
Trained therapist whose focus is on motor function, coordination,
balance, and endurance. Physical therapists actually work with the
patient exercising and strengthening muscles.
(g)Occupational Therapist. Trained therapist
teaching rehabilitation skills to the patient. The focus is on both
gross and fine motor skill within the context of daily living. Areas of
training may include bathing, toileting, feeding, and dressing.
(h) Speech Pathologist. Trained specialist
whose sole focus is on speech and communication deficits. Depending on
severity of deficit, oral communication, written communication and
computer training may be utilized and/or analyzed.
(i)Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors.
Trained counselors, whose task is to identify, generally through
comprehensive testing, those transferable skills, which will help
restore the patient to the work force. Tests can include the Crawford
Small Parts Test, the Bennett Hand Tool Test, the Purdue Peg Board
Test, the Wrest Packaging Test, various motor coordination tests,
manual dexterity test, form perception test, problem solving test,
visual speed and accuracy test, verbal comprehension test, and weight
lifting and carrying test. Victims of traumatic brain injury face
almost insurmountable challenges to job re-entry. Vocational
rehabilitation counselors are key to their re-entry to the work force.
(j) Rehabilitation Case Manager. Generally a
rehabilitation case specialists" job is to coordinate the goals of the
patient and patient's family. The case manager coordinates
rehabilitative staff and serves as an advocate for the patient. Case
managers" work directly with the family and often times deal with the
intricacies of insurance and funding for treatment.
If you or someone you know has been injured
or suffered Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI,
you need the assistance of The Scarlett Law Group.
today to speak with a California Personal Injury Attorney.