San Diego Brain Injury Attorney

Brain Injury Prognosis

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Brad Nakase, Attorney

I’ve seen clients who suffered brain injury struggle to talk and put on their clothes. The most mundane daily activities become a mountain brain injury victims have to hike daily. The high level of care for a brain-injured person became a financial burden to the victim and their family. Since 2006, I’ve served as my San Diego clients’ brain injury attorney. Please call me for a free consultation or schedule a visit to my office at 2221 Camino Del Rio S., San Diego, CA 92108.

Brain Injury Prognosis

Prompt medical attention is essential for both traumatic and acquired brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury stems from any knock or bump to your head and is most often caused by car accidents or sporting injuries. Acquired brain injuries, on the other hand, are a net term for any injuries from birth until death. These are most commonly caused by internal complications such as strokes. TBIs are constantly on the rise and are prevalent yet life-threatening injuries. Time is of the essence in getting a prognosis for your injury.

What Happens Immediately After the Injury Occurs?

When a person is placed in a hospital following a head injury, they will need to be stabilized and monitored 24/7. This will help you ensure your essential functions, such as breathing and swallowing, are taken care of.

If the injury is specific, you may even require brain surgery. This will be quickly initiated because time is crucial in any brain injury. It is also too important to recognize that not only do severe brain injuries require surgery; instead, the requirement for surgeries varies.

Most patients with brain injuries will stay in an intensive care unit until they are stable enough to survive on their own with no problems.

Predictors for Brain Injury Prognoses

When seeking medical attention, the medical professional will refer to these indicators for a prognosis of your injury. Every injury and patient differs. Some of these indicators include:

  • Age: Generally, a recovery prognosis will decline with increasing age.
  • Glasgow Coma Scale: This allows medical professionals to assess coma and consciousness for brain injuries.
  • Location of Injury: The location of the brain injury will determine what functions may be impaired. Every part of the brain serves a different function.
  • Time Spent in Coma: Your time spent in a coma can affect your consciousness or amnesia. This may affect the overall recovery time.

Recovery Period for Brain Injuries

The brain’s automatic reaction is to repair itself and heal itself. However, this depends on how severe your brain injury is. The brain will attempt to heal itself by mending the bruises and reducing any swelling that may have occurred. Any damaged brain cells will begin to function again within a few weeks.

Physical rehabilitation is very common following brain injuries. Physical therapy helps your brain retain any neurons that may have been damaged or lost in the injury and will help with physical skills.

Prognosis is never a straightforward determiner and is dependent on the patient. Even though TBIs are a leading cause of death or permanent disability, it is not guaranteed that a person who suffers from TBIs will experience either of these.

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