Car accidents, falling, and countless other forms of trauma can cause someone to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have long-lasting, significant consequences. Physical, mental, and psychological symptoms of TBI can exist for months or years after an injury. Fortunately, new treatment options may provide brain injury victims the relief they desperately need.
Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in a car crash or other incident, you know just how far-reaching the effects can be. Many people are left with painful headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and hearing and vision impairment. Others suffer from cognitive impairments that reduce their ability to concentrate, pay attention, or remember past events. Severe TBIs can cause seizures, slurred speech, constant fatigue, and problems sleeping. Psychological problems, including depression and anxiety, may also be caused or worsened by brain trauma.
Fortunately, experts are constantly looking for better ways to treat TBIs and reduce these symptoms. Surgery may be used to remove hematomas and relieve pressure inside of the skull shortly after a TBI. Medicines including anticonvulsants and muscle relaxants may be used to mitigate convulsions and seizures. Antidepressant medicine and anti-anxiety medicine may help lessen the psychological effects of TBI. Doctors are even testing the use of ADHD medication in TBI sufferers with the hope of combatting fatigue and brain fog.
Researchers are currently testing whether high-dose oxygen given under pressure could speed the recovery time for TBI patients. Hyperbaric oxygen has been used successfully to treat patients with chronic wounds and diabetic ulcers. It is possible that this treatment will also be useful for TBI patients.
Other experimental treatments involve the use of light wavelengths to target molecular events happening on a microscopic level. The hope is that this non-invasive therapy will promote healing, protect brain tissue from dying, and improve mitochondrial function. Photobiomodulation has been shown to increase blood flow in clinical studies involving traumatic brain injury sufferers. Many reported better sleep, improvements in executive function, and decreased memory problems.
Seeking Financial Compensation After a Brain Injury
While these new treatment options are promising, they are also expensive. Medical care after a traumatic brain injury can be extensive. Many people need ongoing care long after the initial injury. If you or a loved one sustained a TBI in a car accident or another incident caused by the carelessness of others, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Contact a Orland Park Personal Injury Lawyer
The skilled Cook County brain injury attorneys at Schwartz Injury Law advocate on behalf of injured clients and their families. We can help you seek the financial compensation you need and deserve. Call 708-888-2160 for a free consultation.