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Every traumatic brain injury (TBI) is different, as is the recovery course and experience for each TBI patient. The following are some general tips to help recovery whether you have sustained a mild, moderate, or severe brain injury.
1. Follow The Doctor’s Orders
Recovery from a TBI can take weeks, months, or even years. During this time, it is imperative that you heed all the advice from your doctor regarding rest, avoiding certain activities, medical treatment, and more. If you fail to do so, you can put yourself at risk for a second brain injury and the potentially devastating effects that may occur. While you may get impatient if you must take time off work or school, following your doctor’s orders is not only best for your health but also for any subsequent legal claim you may pursue for financial recovery.
2. Understand The Effects Of Your Injury
TBI is a complicated injury and the effects and symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient. In many cases, you may not realize that an emotional reaction, communication struggle, or other difficulty may be related to your brain injury. If you and your family and friends are educated regarding your injury, it can relieve some frustration during the recovery process.
3. Have A Support Team
Many different professionals can be involved in the TBI recovery process and can improve the speed and quality of your recovery. Some examples of professionals who may help based on your situation include:
Neuropsychologist and/or psychiatrist;
Speech and language pathologist; and
Vocational rehabilitation counselor.
4. Do Not Give Up
Even if your recovery is not going as quickly as you hoped, you should always remember there are many success stories for TBI recovery. Keep focused on the path set out by your team of professionals and doctors and do not give up hope of a full recovery.
5. Consult With An Experienced Brain Injury Lawyer As Soon As Possible
Because of medical treatment required, the number of professionals that may be needed, and the potential length of recovery, and the possibility of lost income, a TBI can be an expensive injury. If you believe your TBI was caused because of the negligence of another party, you should seek the help of an experienced injury lawyer. Many offer free consultations and work on a contingency-fee basis.