People who have received some sort of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may have a variety of treatments available based on the specific areas of the brain affected by the injury.
Initial Treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury
Treatment for a traumatic brain injury must start as soon as possible after the initial injury takes place. Often, when a brain injury victim is brought to a hospital, a surgical trauma team is called to evaluate the situation and begin treatment.
Depending on the person's condition, some of the functions a trauma team may perform include:
- monitoring vital signs;
- procedures for life-threatening changes;
- stabilizing the injury to prevent further damage; and
- care coordination with other hospital personnel.
Monitoring for Physiological Changes
When the patient has been stabilized, they will be transferred to a trauma care unit. Once there, the nursing staff will assess, monitor and interpret vital physiological and body functions.
The critical care nursing staff should be notifying the physician on duty of any changes, repeat assessments at regular intervals and provide information for the family.
Depending on the extent of the trauma, surgery or other treatments, including extensive therapy (physical, emotional, cognitive, vocational, etc.) may be required after the patient has been stabilized. Treatments for a traumatic brain injury may be short-term, long-term or permanent.
Because extensive TBIs can result in long-term or lifelong injuries, treatments for a TBI can be financially devastating. Working with an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer can help you learn more about your options for seeking compensation from the party that caused your accident and resulting TBI.
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Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.