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Moving on After Traumatic Brain Injury

You can suffer traumatic brain injury whenever your brain experiences impact, such as in auto accidents. Scientists are learning more about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and how you can treat it every day. But what we do know is not everyone fully recovers. This poses a problem if you’ve been injured in an accident and are seeking compensation. How do you know what fair compensation is? When should you settle your case if you are still experiencing symptoms? A good place to start when trying to answer these questions is taking a look at the effects of TBI.

TBI can cause a multitude of problems that affect everything from cognition to motor skills to emotional regulation. Depending on the severity and nature of the injury, treatment can include a variety of therapies—such as speech and occupational therapy—hyperbaric oxygen treatment, and even meditation. Unfortunately, there is no real cure, and everyone’s recovery journey will be different.

Prognosis and Treatment

Moving on from TBI can include both short and long-term treatments, as your doctor recommends. It also involves learning how to live with TBI because you can experience symptoms for the rest of your life. A typical TBI treatment regime can include targeted therapies to treat the effects of TBI. For example, you may need ongoing occupational therapy to develop and maintain fine motor skills necessary for daily living, or counseling to help you with emotional regulation. Again, every case is unique, and every patient’s prognosis and treatment plan will vary.

Future Costs

The ongoing costs of therapy can add up significantly. If you were involved in an accident and suffered TBI, it is vital to treat your injuries to the extent that you can before settling your claim. If you have TBI and expect to have lasting symptoms, work with an attorney to ensure your settlement includes compensation for your future medical bills and pain and suffering. Your doctor and your attorney can help you determine when you are ready to settle, which is typically when you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). MMI can be equated to a treatment plateau.

The Journey Ahead

Once further treatment no longer helps your condition, you might be ready to settle. Just make sure your settlement figure represents the cost of any future therapy needed to help you cope with your condition. Speak with an attorney if you’ve been injured and have TBI. If you are seeking compensation from the liable party, you should work closely with an experienced Arlington Heights personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected, and the liable party is held responsible. If your TBI leaves you experiencing symptoms for years to come, you deserve compensation.

R.F. Wittmeyer

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