Traumatic Brain Injury and Rehabilitation

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has many causes, and can take on many forms, from mild to moderate, to severe. Likewise, some TBI can be managed with a minimal amount of care, while other, more debilitating injuries causing loss of cognitive functioning, such as perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning, or the loss of normal body functioning, such as the ability to breathe on your own, to walk or talk, or take care of your everyday needs without assistance, may require ongoing and continuous treatment and care for the rest of the sufferer’s life.

Types of Possible Brain Injury

There are millions of people in America suffering from some form of brain injury relating either to birth defects, auto accidents, slip and falls, sports related injuries, etc. No two injuries or treatments are alike. The type of treatment and rehabilitation an individual receives after suffering any form of brain injury can make all the difference in that individual sufferer’s recovery. Programs and projects have been designed to address the specific care and treatment of various brain injuries and disabilities.

Care and Treatment of Brain Injury

There are a number of different kinds of treatments available to sufferers of brain injury, depending on the type of injury and the extent of damage. First and foremost, the individual must be stabilized after they have received a brain injury. The sooner this is done, the better.

Secondly, the individual should be placed in a rehabilitation center in order to restore the individual’s normal daily routine. This should also be done as soon as possible.

Thirdly, if the first two treatments are done with expediency, the possibility of a secondary injury with resultant life support dependency may be avoided. Surgery may also be necessary in order to restore and maintain blood flow and oxygen to the brain to minimize swelling and pressure. See
Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS)

The TBIMS program is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Its purpose is to support research and projects in the evaluation of medical, rehabilitation, vocational, and other services designed to meet the needs of individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury. This research provides much needed information and resources to brain injury sufferers, their families, caregivers, and friends, health care professionals, and the general public. The projects are designed to help the brain injury sufferer, not only cope with his debilitating brain injury problems, if any, but also to assist the sufferer in maintaining as much societal independence as possible, depending on the extent of his disability.

The NIDILRR is a federal government agency that issues grants to facilitate and encourage health care organizations and entities to explore new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and to promote its use and adoption in the healthcare industry. In this way, persons with disabilities may be helped (1) to improve their ability to perform activities in their communities; and (2) to expand society’s capacity to provide opportunities and accommodations for its citizens who have disabilities.

If You Have Questions, Levin & Perconti are Here to Assist You

Brain injury leading to either disability or death as a result of brain damage is a very serious matter. To consult with an experienced brain injury attorney on this issue, or if you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury or a brain trauma due to the actions of another, contact Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free consultation.

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