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A traumatic brain injury is always an emergency situation, and symptoms will often worsen rapidly without treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.4 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury every year. About 235,000 of these incidents required hospitalization, and 50,000 resulted in deaths.
Brain injuries are especially complicated to assess and treat. Whether you believe your injury was mild or severe, you must seek immediate medical care. It’s also crucial that you speak with an experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyer as soon as possible. We will help you recover all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on getting your life back on track.
The Glasgow Coma Scale is a 15 point test administered by a doctor or other emergency medical personnel member to assess the initial severity of a brain injury. This is done by checking a person’s ability to follow certain directions and move their limbs and eyes. The test is scored from 3-15, and the higher score the less severe the injuries.
The next step in determining the severity of a brain injury is to run the following tests:
Immediate Emergency Care: Emergency medical care for moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries will always focus on getting a victim enough oxygen and blood supply, maintaining healthy blood pressure, and minimizing further damage to the head or neck area. Injury victims with more severe injuries may require additional treatment to minimize secondary damage caused by bleeding, inflammation, or reduced oxygen to the brain.
Mild Injuries: A mild traumatic brain injury generally doesn’t require any more treatment other than rest and pain relief medication. This doesn’t mean that a mild injury victim is totally in the clear. A person with a mild traumatic brain injury needs to be monitored for worsening or new symptoms. A doctor must eventually clear a mild traumatic brain injury brain to return to work or school, but most people with mild injuries will gradually return to their daily routines.
In cases where there is evidence of secondary damage to the brain, the following medications may be administered:
Anti-Seizure Medication: Victims who have suffered a moderate to severe brain injury are at the highest risk of experiencing a seizure during the first week following an injury. Anti-seizure drugs may be administered during that delicate time to minimize additional damage that can be caused by a seizure.
Diuretics: These are used to help reduce the buildup of fluid and pressure inside the brain and help increase the output of urine.
Coma Inducing Medication: Drugs are sometimes used to to put people into a temporary coma state because a comatose brain uses less oxygen to function.
Depending on the severity, surgery may be necessary to minimize further damage to the brain. Surgery is used to:
Rehabilitation is necessary for most traumatic brain injury victims to relearn basic skills such as walking and talking. Therapy usually begins in the hospital immediately after an injury, and will continues in an inpatient rehabilitation unit or residential treatment facility.
Depending on the injury, rehabilitation services may include:
Occupational Therapy: Necessary to help a person relearn or improve skills to successfully perform daily activities.
Physiatry: A specialist trained in rehabilitation and physical medicine will oversee the rehabilitation process and prescribe any necessary medication.
Physical Therapy: This helps with mobility, balance and walking.
Speech and Language Pathology: Helps a person improve their communication skills, and if necessary, learn to use assistive communication devices.
Neuropsychology: Used to assess cognitive impairment and performance; help a person manage their behavior and learn about coping strategies; and help provide psychotherapy to improve psychological and emotional wellness.
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If a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact an experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will get you maximum compensation for medical care and damages. Consultations are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at email@example.com or by calling toll free at (213) 927-3700.