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Treating a Traumatic Brain Injury After a Maryland Auto Accident

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a common injury in many types of auto accidents. The type and extent of treatment will vary based on the specific area of the brain that was injured and how serious the injury was. If you or a loved one was in an accident that resulted in a brain injury, it is important to speak with a Charles County auto accident attorney right away. If the other party was at fault for the accident, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage.

Treating Mild TBIs

A mild traumatic brain injury is sometimes referred to as a concussion. There may be very little you can do to treat a concussion, except for rest. It is imperative to follow the healthcare provider’s instructions and gradually resume normal activities as directed. If you do not, and you experience symptoms again, it can take a lot longer to heal. Someone with a concussion usually has to refrain from even being on a computer because, while not physically demanding, it can tire your brain quickly.

Emergency Care for Brain Injuries

It is important that the injured party seeks emergency medical care right away for a suspected traumatic brain injury. Without adequate blood supply and enough oxygen, it is impossible to maintain blood pressure and prevent any further injuries.

The doctors may give the patient medication as well to provide some immediate relief. Some of these can include:

  • Diuretics: These will reduce the amount of fluids the patient is retaining and increase the patient’s output of urine. When administered intravenously to someone with a TBI, a diuretic can help reduce the pressure inside the brain.
  • Anti-Seizure Drugs: Patients with moderate to severe TBI could be at risk for a seizure within the first week post-injury.
  • Coma-Inducing Drugs: In serious cases, a doctor may opt to give a patient coma-inducing drugs because a comatose brain requires less oxygen. By putting the patient in a temporary coma, it can help give the brain some time to heal.

Surgery

In some cases, emergency surgery may be needed to minimize the risk of additional damage. Some of the reasons for surgery can include:

  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Removing blood clots (hematomas)
  • Open a window in the skull to relieve pressure
  • Skull fractures that need repair

Rehabilitation Therapy

As someone with a brain injury heals, he or she will likely need rehabilitation therapy. Therapy can help with the physical, cognitive, and emotional issues that result from having a traumatic brain injury. Therapy treatments will vary based on the severity of the injury. In less-serious cases, therapy may only be necessary for a short time after the accident. For others, they may need more long-term treatment instead. Some types of rehabilitation can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Vocational counseling

Contact a Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you need to speak with a skilled Maryland auto accident attorney right away. Contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro today at 301-870-1200 to schedule an initial consultation.

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