People often wonder why traumatic brain injury (TBI) is so difficult to treat. After all, medical science has been studying the brain for centuries, and recent advances in technology have made it possible to get clear images of soft tissues. Why can’t we fix the brain just as easily as we can patch up a fractured arm?
Getting Past “Recovery”
The cold fact is that some brain injuries can be treated, but not reversed. The result will be a permanent change in the patient’s life—but not necessarily a total loss of quality of life. As Wilmington truck accident attorneys, we have seen many of our clients with permanent irremediable brain injuries adjust to their new limits and live fulfilling lives.
What does the patient need for the adjustment period?
We have found that a few types of assistance seem to have the greatest impact on the lives of patients adjusting to their brain injuries:
- Medical devices to assist in daily living. Wheelchairs and walkers may be helpful for some patients who have difficulty walking unassisted. For patients with new communication challenges, a table computer with special software may allow some self-expression. Incontinence supplies, special feeding assistance tools, and other medical supplies also fit in this category.
- Assistance with the activities of daily living. Brain injury patients do best with a very structured daily schedule, especially early in the adjustment period. That requires a fairly inflexible daily regimen of fixed mealtimes, personal care, and scheduled activities. It’s often not possible for the family to provide all the assistance needed, so it may be necessary to hire visiting nurses or home health care professionals to help the patient.
- Professional counseling. Not only do some brain injuries cause dramatic personality changes, aggression, and affective disorders, but the need to adjust to new limits can provoke anger and depression in some patients with only minor injuries. Scheduling periodic sessions with a skilled therapist can help control disruptive behaviors and ease the transition process.
- Rehabilitative care. If recovering lost abilities seems to be out of the question, then long-term rehabilitation can help the patient learn coping techniques to deal with the new limits and work around her functional disabilities.
How can Speaks Law help?
Clearly, the tools needed for a successful adjustment can come bundled with an enormous price tag. Even a close and loving family would have to think twice before assuming this obligation.
If your family member has a traumatic brain injury from a North Carolina truck crash caused by another person, however, then the driver or his employer may be legally responsible for the injuries done to others. That obligation not only extends to current medical bills, but also to long-term assistance to help the brain-injured patient make his or her best possible adjustment.
You need an experienced personal injury law firm in North Carolina to fight for the compensation your family member deserves. You can connect to Speaks Law Firm today by calling 910-341-7570 (local) or 877-593-4233 (statewide toll-free). Make an appointment for a FREE case consultation with one of our trial attorneys, and we’ll tell you how Speaks Law can make a difference for the better—and get your family the compensation it deserves.