Restoring the Brain After TBI
Our lawyers at Scarlett Law Group know that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are more common than most people realize. We have seen firsthand how devastating these injuries can be, which is why we offer comprehensive legal services for clients who want to pursue legal action against the parties responsible for their damages. While clients come to us to find out how much their case is worth, we also know that it is important for them to understand that the damage to their brain may be far worse than the visible injury. Even more alarming, the damage to the brain can continue to evolve for months after the event that caused the injury.
Helping the Brain Recover
TBIs generally require substantial rehabilitation. For example, a person may need to learn basic skills like walking or talking all over again. Other people may need to simply improve their ability to perform the standard tasks they will encounter in their day-to-day lives. The type and length of rehabilitation varies depending on the severity of the brain injury.
Examples of specialists who assist in the recovery process include:
- Speech & Language Pathologist: Helps improve communication skills lost or hindered by the injury. This can also include learning how to use assistive communication devices.
- Physical Therapist: Assists with issues related to mobility, such as movement patterns, balance, and walking.
- Occupational Therapist: Assists in relearning skills that are necessary for everyday activities.
- Recreational Therapist: Helps with time management and leisure activities
- Vocational Counselor: This person determines if your abilities are functional enough for you to return to work. They also provide resources for common challenges people encounter when returning to work after a serious injury.
- Neuropsychologist: Assesses cognitive impairment and performance after the injury. This specialist also provides psychotherapy to aid in maintaining emotional and psychological well-being.
Strategies for Coping with TBI
If you or a loved one is recovering from a TBI, you need to try different strategies to cope with this arduous process:
- Avoid Distractions: Eliminate distractions that create loud noises, like the television and stereo.
- Remain Focused: It can be hard to do the things you enjoyed before your injury with the same precision you once had. Be patient and try to work on one task at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.
- Write Things Down: Difficulty remembering important details is common after a TBI. That is why you should get in the habit of writing down and keeping a record of events you plan to attend, tasks you want to complete, and the names of new people you meet.
- Take Breaks: If you are returning to work or school, make arrangements ahead of time so you can take breaks throughout the day as needed. Rest is a crucial part of the recovery process.
- Join a Support Group: You should ask the specialists you meet with to recommend support groups you can join to learn additional coping strategies and seek emotional support from others who are familiar with what you are going through.
Do you need legal advice regarding a traumatic brain injury case? If so, please call our law firm today at (415) 688-2176 to set up a consultation with one of our compassionate lawyers.