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There is no need for a brain injury patient or family members to suffer and struggle in isolation. Many people have walked the road of recovery and are living with brain injuries. Families and patients have many sources for answers to questions and concerns. Since 1977, Biren Law Group has answered questions and solved problems for countless catastrophic injury survivors. We welcome your questions, such as those below, and invite you to contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.

What are the various types of brain injury?

The Brain Injury Association of America has categorized brain injuries as follows:

  • Penetrating injury
  • Diffuse axonal injury
  • Concussion
  • Contusion
  • Coup-contrecoup injury
  • Second impact syndrome
  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Hypoxic brain injury
  • Open head injury
  • Closed head injury

Each type of brain injury has particular short-term and long-term consequences. Aggressive, state-of-the-art medical treatment and therapy can improve outcomes for many patients. Since 1977, our personal injury lawyers have been helping brain injury victims and their families find and gain access to needed treatment and practical assistance. We know how to prove your case and maximize your damages.

What are the symptoms of a TBI?

After a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, that person will undoubtedly suffer side effects. While some of these symptoms are recognizable, others may be minor, making it difficult to pinpoint whether or not you have actually suffered a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, the symptoms may affect you physically, cognitively, and can change your senses, as well. While some symptoms may be obvious immediately, others may not be apparent for days or weeks. Below is a list of some of the symptoms.

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue and drowsiness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Inability to balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Inability to smell
  • Trouble remembering
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • High levels of anxiety
  • Unusual sensitivity to light

What options are there for treatment?

After a serious head injury, a patient is likely to find effective treatment, therapies, and rehabilitation in a hospital, in a rehabilitation facility, through outpatient treatment, in support groups, and in therapeutic settings. For best results, we recommend that you start your care with a doctor who specializes in your particular type of head injury. Because these types of treatment can be extremely costly, it is urgent for brain injury victims to retain the help of a skilled brain injury lawyer. A seasoned personal injury attorney can determine which legal strategies can help the victim recover compensation for such therapy and treatment processes.

What will the recovery process be like?

Depending on the severity of your brain injury, the recovery process can be lengthy or short. In most cases, you will need rest so that your body can recover. Studies show that a majority of the recovery progress occurs within the first six months of the injury. In severe cases, it may be difficult and impossible for a person to recover completely. As a result, the human body will find alternate ways to cope with the changes, and the person may learn other ways to compensate and become more functional. It is important to speak with a knowledgeable physician regarding your recovery process, since these processes range on a case-by-case basis.

Will life ever seem normal again?

If you have a mild case, you may feel much better after two to three months, after five to six months or after a year. However, people who have suffered moderate or severe brain injuries, or even some who have sustained mild brain injuries, will suffer the consequences of their injuries for the rest of their life. Nevertheless, through cognitive behavioral therapy, the victim can learn compensatory strategies so that he or she can function as well as possible given the limitations caused by the brain injury.

For answers to your own brain injury questions, contact the Los Angeles brain injury attorneys at Biren Law Group. We offer free, no-risk consultations.

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