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Traumatic brain injury: No 2 people are the same

Any type of brain injury is one that requires immediate medical attention. Even if you think the injury will heal on its own, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Since no two people are the same, the way that one person is treated for a traumatic brain injury will not be identical to another patient.

Get immediate help

If you suffer a traumatic brain injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident, it's imperative to receive immediate emergency care. Typically, it's best to reach a local hospital as soon as possible. The medical professionals on staff can provide emergency assistance, such as ensuring that enough oxygen is reaching the brain.

Is surgery necessary?

It's easy to believe that surgery is the best treatment of a traumatic brain injury, but this is not always the case. For example, in the event of a concussion, surgery is not typically the answer.

There are times when surgery is necessary, such as if your doctor has reason to believe that additional damage could occur. Surgery is often used to address the following:

-- Skull fractures

-- Removing blood clots

-- Opening a window in the skull (to relieve pressure)

Once the initial treatment phase comes to an end, some level of rehabilitation may be necessary. There are many medical professionals who can help with this, including but not limited to: occupational therapists, physical therapists, physiatrists, speech and language pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, and recreational therapists.

Find the right medical team

Immediately following a traumatic brain injury, it's best to receive treatment as quickly as possible, regardless of the hospital or doctor. From there, if you're able to do so, you can decide which medical professionals are best for you.

While your health is most important, you should also learn more about your legal rights. Depending on the cause of your traumatic brain injury, you may be able to file a lawsuit. If you are able to receive compensation, you can use the money to pay for medical bills, treatment and other expenses associated with your accident.

Since there are many details to consider when filing a personal injury lawsuit, you'll want to consult with an experienced attorney. This person can review your accident, collect the necessary information, and help you push your case forward.

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