Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is a process unique to each individual. As each brain is different, so is the process of healing. Another obvious defining factor is the type of injury suffered and its severity.
Unlike other areas of your body, your brain is not able to regenerate cells. That does not mean however that rehabilitation is not possible. The brain is often able to regain previously lost function through something known as plasticity. This term refers to the brains flexibility to change. Everyone’s brain changes as we grow older, so this concept is not unique to those who have suffered brain injuries.
Throughout the initial stages of recovery, new pathways are created in order to regain previously lost functions. These take over the previously damaged paths and can be assisted by completing certain activities.
After the initial injury it can be difficult (even for experts) to ascertain the long-term damage and predict how much functionality will be regained. It can be a slow process to recovery, taking months to years. This is why it’s important that you have sufficient insurance to protect yourself and your family, as you may be unable to earn for a while – and then there’s the strain of medical bills.
After six months, you and your family should have a better idea of the long-term effects associated with your injury. That being said the psychological impact can often last much longer, so it’s important to take that into account. You may never stop regaining skills and recovering long into the future, so it’s very important that you have the facilities to do so.
The type of rehabilitation you seek will be based on the specifics of your situation, and will change depending on your needs. It might involve inpatient care, psychological treatment, continuous assessment, and physiotherapy. The impact on your family is also something to consider, as they may need to quit employment to help you during your recovery.
Suffering a traumatic brain injury is life changing, but there is hope. You need to focus on recovering and rebuilding, so it’s integral you’re financially stable enough to do so. If you do not have the full support of your insurance company, it can make your life even more difficult. If you need help with contacting your insurance company and negotiating with them after an accident, it can help your case a great deal to have experienced legal representation. Contact the team at Franco Firm for help.