Brain Injury and Surgical Advances
This past week we learned that well-known musician Dickey Betts, formerly of the Allman Brothers Band, had suffered a TBI after falling and hitting his head. He had been playing with his dog and had already suffered a mild stroke the prior month. This news was quickly followed by reports that he would need to undergo brain surgery to relieve the pressure caused by bleeding. According to USA Today, the surgery was successful and he is recovering. The many advances in brain injury treatments, including surgeries after a car accident or serious slip and fall, saves lives.
Medical advances include improvements and standards in both diagnosis and treatment. This means that after a car, motorcycle or truck accident, the injured person has a better chance to be treated and recover from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) than at any time in the past. Even with a slip and fall, we know that a significant head injury can result in a TBI. These traumas need immediate evaluation and treatment. Sometimes the accident or fall victim needs to be sedated, which appears to have been the case with Mr. Betts. The purpose of sedation is to minimize what is called secondary injury. In other words, the goal is to stabilize the patient so that additional injuries to the brain are minimized.
What Happens After TBI
After a TBI caused by accident or a fall, it is most important that victims receive emergency medical care as soon as possible. Surgical treatment may be necessary and can be evaluated with a device that monitors the status of pressure in the patient’s brain. If there is bleeding, it may be stopped with a procedure, like Mr. Betts had, to stop bleeding that can cause more damage to the brain. In the event that some tissue has been damaged, surgeons might also remove this tissue. The purpose of these interventions is to provide the oxygen and reestablish proper blood flow to avoid further injury to this very delicate organ.
Recovery after a brain injury varies widely and the future can be unpredictable. Many TBI’s, even when they are considered mild such as those sustained after a rear-end collision, can take months of recovery. These injuries can cause memory loss, confusion and chronic headache. In more serious cases, the recovery of brain functions depends on many factors. If a patient was in a coma after the accident, the length of time involved can be a factor in the recovery. Other factors include how quickly the patient was able to receive support, such as oxygen or surgical intervention, the patient’s age and the areas of the brain that were impacted in the injury.
Rehabilitation after a TBI can be a long long road. There are many physical, mental and emotional changes that can be involved after a TBI. All of these are addressed in a fine care facility, but they do take time and require expert support including cognitive and physical function evaluation. Every day issues like memory lapses, emotional reactions and the ability to engage in physical activities can be involved.This is why getting medical and legal support after an accident is so crucial.
Getting Help After a TBI Caused By an Accident or Fall
The Scholle Law team includes a team of lawyers and legal professionals with significant experience in dealing with TBI victims, including their medical support and recovery. If you have been injured or harmed due to a car or auto crash, a slip and fall or other accident caused by the negligence of others, it is vital that you get help as soon as possible. You may not be able to return back to work quickly, your wage loss and income could be impacted. The long term support needed after a TBI in these circumstances requires legal expertise to ensure you and your family can get the support you will need in the future.
Please feel free to contact Scholle Law at any time for more information about how we can help. Our evaluation is free and we will not get paid for our legal services until we get recovery for you.