What You Should Do Following a Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are among the most devastating types of personal injuries. Caused by a blow to the head or sudden movement that causes the brain to jolt quickly back and forth, the consequences of a traumatic brain injury can change a persons’ life forever.
One of the most important things you can do following a brain injury is to seek medical attention immediately. Early treatment can prevent further injury and can help speed up the recovery.
Signs and symptoms to look out for include:
- A blank stare
- Changes or delays in motor or verbal responses
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Extreme fatigue
- Sensitivity to light and noise
Depending on the symptoms, the hospital might conduct tests such as a CT scan or MRI. And, depending upon the severity of the brain injury, the patient may be held in the hospital overnight. If you’ve suffered a brain injury, it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions and to get plenty of rest. Working and participating in everyday activities may be difficult at first; take your time and try to focus on one thing at a time to avoid distraction.
Some things you can do to ensure the recovery process goes smooth include:
- Pay attention to your body (when you are tired, for example, be sure to get plenty of rest)
- Avoid exercise and activities that are physically demanding
- Avoid activities that could possibly lead to another head injury
- Listen to your doctor about when you can participate in daily activities and when you can return to work
- If you are having difficulty remembering things, write things down and try not to get frustrated
- Try not to do too many things at once to avoid being distracted
- Do not use the computer for long periods of time
- Do not drink alcohol or take any medications other than those prescribed by your doctor
Learning to cope with a brain injury can be difficult. You may be confused, frustrated and depressed. There are some things you can do to help you cope with your brain injury, including:
- Join a support group: ask your doctor or rehabilitation therapist for a recommendation. Talking to other people who are going through something similar may be helpful. You may learn some new coping strategies.
- Try to maintain a routine to avoid confusion.
- If you are having difficulties remembering things, write things down (e.g. people’s names, phone numbers, etc.).
- Pay attention to your body and take breaks when you need to so you don’t overdo it.
- The number one most important thing is to get plenty of sleep so your brain can heal.
If you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another’s negligence, say in a car accident, a bicycle accident, or because of a slip and fall while on public property, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about seeking compensation to help you as you learn to cope with the challenges ahead.
An attorney experienced with traumatic brain injuries will be able to guide you through the process and will work closely with your medical providers to make sure you have the best recovery. The Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith have extensive experience handling brain injury cases. They recognize what you are going through and will help you get the medical care and the compensation you need so you can move forward with your life.
For more information, contact Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith today.