Depending on if a person experienced a mild or severe brain injury, their symptoms, treatments, and outcome will differ. If a person has a mild brain injury, they will likely need rest and some over-the-counter pain medicines for a few weeks or months and will ultimately feel better and face no long-term effects. However, if someone has experienced a severe brain injury they may have more serious symptoms, need hospitalization or surgery, and may have permanent brain damage.
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Determining the Severity of Brain Injuries
Oftentimes the cause of the brain injury will help determine whether the brain injury will be mild or severe. If a person gets hit in the head with a football, feels dazed, confused, or even has a loss of consciousness for a few seconds, the likelihood is that they will need to rest for a while and will be back to normal in a few days or weeks. However, it is important to note that even if someone has suffered what appears to be a mild head injury, they should seek immediate medical attention as many brain injuries do not show symptoms. Even mild head injuries may require diagnostic testing.
If someone appears to have more serious symptoms such as the loss of consciousness for a longer period of time, a strong headache that is not going away, convulsions, seizures, violent nausea or vomiting, differentiated pupil dilation, ears or nose draining clear fluid, passing out, extremities experiencing weakness or numbness, serious confusion, incoherent speech, agitation, or a coma would all be signs that a brain injury is much more severe.
Options After a Brain Injury
If a person has experienced any kind of traumatic event to the head, it may result in a brain injury. Depending on whether the brain injury is mild or severe, temporary or permanent, different options are available and what happens to them will be vastly different according to the decisions of a medical professional.
For both mild and severe brain injuries, different types of medication may help prevent certain types of secondary damage to the brain. Diuretics will decrease the fluid around the brain and the pressure on the brain itself. If necessary for more severe brain injuries, anti-seizure drugs will help reduce the instances of seizures. Finally, if someone has suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, they may be placed in a coma through the use of coma-inducing drugs. Comas are induced as brains can heal quicker when they are comatose, as they need minimal oxygen to function.
If a person has a severe brain injury, they may need surgery to repair their skull fracture, stop bleeding in the brain, relieve pressure in the brain or remove hematomas in the brain.
Both mild and severe cases of brain injuries will likely require some sort of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation can be inpatient or outpatient depending on the severity of the brain injury. Therapy and rehabilitation exist to help a brain-injured patient move and walk again, speak, help with neuromuscular functions, help with cognitive thinking, or even help with employment after a brain injury.
Contact an Injury Attorney for Help Today
Brain injuries can be devastating to the person and their family after the traumatic event that caused brain damage. If you were involved in an accident due to someone else’s negligence and suffered a brain injury, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to help you determine if you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.