Treatment Options for TBI Patients
Traumatic brain injuries range in severity and can be sustained in many ways. Because of this, there are a number of ways doctors treat traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
What Is a TBI?
A TBI is a brain injury that is sustained after the head is jolted or shaken. A type of mild TBI that most people are familiar with is a concussion. Falls, sports, and car accidents are common causes of TBIs. The Center for Disease Control estimates that each year there are approximately 2.5 million TBIs sustained. Some of those will be severe and require hospitalization.
Treatment Options for Mild TBIs
For mild TBIs, doctors will typically recommend rest and non-prescription pain relievers as TBI patients typically experience headaches. The TBI patient should also be watched closely for worsening symptoms. Some doctors do not recommend physical activities or activities that require much thought and use of the brain.
Treatment Options for Moderate to Severe TBIs
These patients will almost always be taken to the emergency room. The doctor’s main concern is that the patient has enough oxygen and blood supply. Medical staff will also monitor blood pressure and stabilize the head to prevent further injury.
It is not uncommon for patients who present with a TBI to also have other injuries to their bodies. The emergency room will address those injuries as well.
There are a number of medications a TBI patient may be given, including:
- Diuretics to reduce the amount of fluid in the tissue, which reduces the pressure inside the skull.
- Anti-seizure drugs are given because TBI patients are at an increased risk of seizure. A seizure after a TBI can cause additional brain damage.
- Coma-inducing drugs are used when the brain cannot operate fully. A brain in a coma requires less oxygen. As the swelling goes down, brain function improves, and the patient can be taken out of the coma.
There are also a number of surgeries that may be required such as removing clotted blood and repairing skull fractures.
Contact a San Jose, CA TBI Lawyer
A TBI is a serious diagnosis with long-term consequences. If you have sustained a TBI in an accident that was not your fault, you might have gotten a settlement offer from an insurance company. It is advisable for you not to settle until speaking to a lawyer, even if the settlement amount seems like a large amount of money. Most people do not know what their claim is worth and do not understand the care they might need later in life. If you want to hear what an attorney thinks about your case, contact the San Jose TBI attorneys at Jachimowicz Law Group at 408-246-5500.
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