Work accidents change lives in a split second, particularly if the outcome involves a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A sudden bump or jolt impacts normal brain functions. Ranging from moderate to severe, TBIs can take various forms and range from a concussion to an intracranial hematoma.
Proactive Steps are Paramount
Recovery is based on the individual victim and can take days or entire lifetimes. A quick and proper diagnosis is paramount. A personalized and detailed treatment program with family members involved can put the patient on a path to success.
- Brain injuries account for almost a third of all injury-related deaths
- Falls are the leading cause of TBI
- Strokes do not play a role in brain injuries but can coincide with a TBI
Time is not on the side of a TBI victim. Successful recovery is directly linked to proactive steps in securing the care necessary. Many victims initially do not show visible signs that an injury has occurred, even if the accident resulted in a brain bleed. Gathering as much information as possible is an important step, starting with contacting emergency responders, particularly if the victim lost consciousness.
In addition to hospital care, TBI victims will likely have to undergo some form of acute rehabilitation, along with placement in a program specialized for their injuries. Each patient reacts differently to the life-changing damage that range from seizures to memory problems to combativeness.
The road to recovery is long and frustrating, rife with improvements only to witness setbacks, frustrating both the victim and loved ones. Immediate medical care, combined with rehabilitation, can lead to a successful recovery. While victims want the best in medical care, they should not overlook an equally vital component: family support.