January 11th, 2021|
Broken bones heal. Bruises fade. In fact, most parts of the human body have an impressive healing capacity—with a few important exceptions. One of the few body parts that doesn’t heal like the rest is the brain.
Though not all brain injuries are permanent, the most severe ones have lasting impacts on sufferers. Let’s dive into the brain’s capacity to heal after an injury.
Mild Brain Injuries Often Heal
Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), like concussions, typically don’t affect sufferers permanently. However, mild brain injuries can have a cumulative effect, which is why a second concussion causes more damage than your first concussion, even if you were not struck any harder than you were the first time. For this reason, some concussions may be classified as moderate brain injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), several factors impact recovery time from mild brain injuries. Those factors include:
- The person’s age
- Their overall health before the injury
- How well the injured person takes care of themselves after the injury
We’ll look at proven strategies to aid recovery from mild injuries below. First, let’s understand how the severity of an injury affects the potential for recovery.
The More Severe the Brain Injury, the More Permanent the Effects
Moderate to severe brain injuries can potentially lead to permanent disability, both physically and mentally. Rather than thinking about traumatic brain injuries as events, one important study suggests that it’s more helpful to think of coping with the consequences of a serious TBI as a “disease process.”
Researchers cite several factors that make living with a TBI similar to living with a chronic disease:
- The injuries are largely permanent.
- They require specialized training for rehabilitation and potentially require a long period of observation, supervision, or care.
- Serious TBIs reduce life expectancy and increase long-term mortality.
- They are linked with increased occurrences of seizures, sleep disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and psychiatric diseases.
- TBIs are also associated with non-neurological disorders such as sexual dysfunction, bladder and bowel incontinence, and metabolic issues.
These effects may appear or continue for months to years after someone suffers a brain injury. It’s important to understand that, just like a disease, the effects of TBI can be managed, and many sufferers do eventually return to a new normal, even if life isn’t like it was before the brain injury.
Seeking specialized medical care is essential for TBI sufferers. Through sustained effort and guidance from medical professionals, some degree of “recovery” is possible. Lifestyle choices also play a huge part in the brain’s ability to heal.
How to Help Your Brain Heal
For moderate to severe brain injuries, medical treatment and supervision are the best tools to manage life post-TBI. However, all TBI sufferers, especially those with milder injuries, will benefit from following these CDC recommendations.
- Prioritize getting sufficient sleep at night and resting as needed throughout the day.
- Avoid physically or mentally demanding tasks.
- Avoid any activities that could lead to another concussion.
- Once your doctor has cleared you to participate in certain activities, return to those activities gradually.
- Don’t return to work until your doctor approves.
- If possible, return to work gradually after your doctor clears you.
- Take only medications approved by your physician.
- Don’t drink alcohol until your doctor says it’s okay to do so.
- Avoid staring at screens (computers, TVs, mobile devices) for long periods.
- Understand that your memory could be impacted, so write down important notes to yourself in case you forget them.
Be patient with yourself as your brain heals. If you’re ever in doubt that you’re ready to perform a certain activity, err on the side of caution and favor rest and self-care over physically or mentally demanding tasks.
If Your Brain Injury Was Caused by Another’s Negligence, Get Legal Help Immediately
Dealing with the aftermath of a brain injury can be costly. Not only do you need medical assistance, you might not be able to do your job for some time. When your brain injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, you should demand compensation for the costs of your injury.
At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know what life is like for those suffering from brain injuries. We help our clients get the compensation they’re entitled to by law, and we have years of experience helping brain injury victims throughout Northern California. Contact the California brain injury attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation with our team.
March 2nd, 2020When you hear the phrase traumatic brain injury, you probably imagine a terrifying incident where someone is rushed to an emergency room and treated by a team of physicians. Though these injuries are most definitely terrifying, they often happen with far less attention than most might assume. But that doesn’t make them any less dangerous. A concussion, for example, is considered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries happen every day across the U.S., and while many of them are treated appropriately, others go undiagnosed and untreated. This means that thousands of people are unknowingly suffering from the consequences of traumatic brain injuries. |
The Importance of Brain Injury Awareness MonthThis all leads us to Brain Injury Awareness Month, which is observed every March. By knowing how brain injuries happen and how to recognize them, we might be able to prevent the suffering that victims face after a TBI. We’ve created a free guide in honor of this yearly observance. However, the information we provide is useful any time of year. We encourage you to take a couple of minutes to learn more about:
- The causes of brain injuries
- Warning signs that a brain injury has occurred
- Long-term consequences of brain injuries
- Legal options for sufferers of brain injuries caused by others
What to Do If You Suspect a Brain InjuryIf you suspect that you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, see a doctor immediately. Treating a brain injury soon after it occurs can lessen some of the effects that sufferers experience. Even if you suspect that an injury might not be severe, never forgo medical treatment. Go to an emergency department immediately and make sure to tell the doctor or nurse how your injury occurred.
When Your Brain Injury Is Someone Else’s FaultWhen brain injuries are caused by the actions of another person, whether intentional or not, the injured person has the right to consider their legal options. TBIs can be costly, painful, and disabling. If your injuries were someone else’s fault, you should not have to pay the price for their negligence. Filing an injury claim can help you get the money you need from the at-fault party’s insurance company. If you want to discuss your case with an experienced California brain injury lawyer, contact Berg Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. We want to hear more about your injury, so we can assess your situation and help you learn more about your legal options and how much money you may need to treat your TBI-related injuries both now and in the future. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to get started with a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
December 30th, 2019Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect victims and their entire families, especially when victims are the primary income-earners in their households. TBIs can range in severity, and moderate to severe TBIs can make it difficult or impossible for victims to work. Some may even be unable to live independently and require assistance from family members or healthcare professionals to complete routine, daily tasks. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen how devastating TBIs can be for victims and their families. In addition to being emotionally damaging to everyone involved, they can also be extremely expensive. The healthcare costs associated with TBIs can be too much for many families to bear, especially when their affected loved ones can no longer work and earn the paychecks they depended on. Our California brain injury lawyers know all the expenses associated with TBIs, and we fight to help victims and their families get fair compensation. When victims contact us for help, we review all the facts of their claims, including how much their TBIs will cost them and their loved ones in medical bills and lost wages, present and future. We also factor in victims’ pain and suffering due to their injuries, impairments, and disabilities. Then, we negotiate with the insurance company to get a fair settlement. We know that insurance companies are reluctant to give victims the money they deserve after accidents and injuries, but we don’t take no for an answer. When they refuse, we don’t hesitate to take them to court. Contact us today for a free consultation if you or someone you love suffered a TBI. We’re here to help.
October 21st, 2019When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the short and long-term consequences aren’t always immediately known. Some victims suffer symptoms that are similar to a concussion, while others may experience permanent and life-changing effects. Victims of serious TBIs can experience a range of disabilities, including cognitive and behavioral changes as well as impaired coordination and fine motor skills. TBI-related complications can make it difficult or even impossible for victims to return to work after their accidents, and that means they and their loved ones won’t get the paychecks they depend on. To make matters worse, the medical bills associated with TBIs are significant and may continue to accumulate for years after the initial accidents occurred. That’s because many victims require ongoing physical and cognitive rehabilitation to regain lost function. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how devastating the effects of TBIs can be on victims and their families. That’s why we believe that innocent people should never pay out of pocket after TBIs that weren’t their fault. Our California brain injury lawyers have helped victims get the compensation they deserve after TBIs for decades, and we know how to build claims that get results. You shouldn’t have to suffer financially because of another person’s or party’s negligence. You’ve gone through enough already—now let us fight for your right to get the money you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you and your loved ones during this difficult time.
August 12th, 2019Whether you or someone you love recently suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s important to have experienced legal representation on your side when seeking compensation. TBIs are associated with enormous expenses, including surgeries, physical rehabilitation, and even around-the-clock professional care. Many TBI victims experience impaired fine motor skills or cognitive function, making it difficult or impossible for them to remain in their careers or work in any capacity. When you’re facing expensive medical bills and have lost your family’s source of income, you need to file a compensation claim against the party who was responsible for the TBI. But in most cases, that means filing a claim against their insurance provider—and insurance companies are notoriously strict when it comes to paying settlements. Even if you have plenty of proof that the accident wasn’t your fault and can show how the TBI negatively impacted your life, your claim may still be reduced or denied. Insurance companies want to protect their profits, and they know that ordinary people often have few resources after serious accidents. That’s why they deploy many different tactics to get victims to accept small settlements or to even give up entirely. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, our California brain injury attorneys know how insurance companies operate, and we stay one step ahead of them throughout the claims process. Don’t be denied the money you deserve. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you.
June 10th, 2019All injuries have the potential to have devastating consequences for victims. However, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are associated with unique challenges and complications. That’s because the detrimental and disabling effects caused by TBIs are often permanent, making it more difficult for victims to work, enjoy the things they once loved, and even live independently. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, our California brain injury attorneys fight for the rights of people who suffered TBIs through no fault of their own. Over the years, we’ve helped many families who were dealing with the aftermaths of TBIs, and we’ve seen how disruptive and expensive they can be. That’s why it’s our goal to help victims and their loved ones get maximum compensation for things like:
- Medical bills—TBIs are associated with extensive medical care and treatments. Victims often require surgeries and physical rehabilitation, and some may even need around-the-clock medical attention or supervision.
- Lost wages—TBIs can affect victims’ abilities to work in two ways. First, they can lead to cognitive deficits that make it difficult to handle mental workloads. Second, they can interfere with fine motor skills, making it difficult for victims to perform routine tasks at their jobs.
- Pain and suffering—TBIs can dramatically affect victims’ enjoyment of their lives. They may be in constant pain, and they may be unable to participate in their favorite hobbies. They also may be limited in their abilities to spend time with their loved ones.
March 18th, 2019At | Berg Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help people who were hurt through no fault of their own get the compensation they need for their medical bills and lost wages. The expenses that injury victims incur can differ from case to case, but one type of injury that almost always results in a huge financial burden is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). When people suffer TBIs, they often experience a wide range of debilitating and disabling complications. Their personalities may change, they may lose fine motor skills, and they may even suffer from cognitive impairments. In severe cases, victims even lose the ability to live independently. When victims can’t work and require frequent, even around-the-clock medical care, it can be financially devastating for them and their loved ones. Our California brain injury lawyers have helped many families in that situation, and we want to help you, too. Whether your or your loved one’s TBI occurred in an auto accident, because of medical malpractice, or due to poor workplace safety, our legal team is ready to give you the care and attention you deserve. We can calculate how much money you’re owed because of the person’s or party’s negligence, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get every penny you deserve. Trust our experience and track record of success. We know how serious TBIs are, and we know how to build claims that get results. Contact us today for a free consultation.
December 10th, 2018Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are aptly named. Even relatively minor blows to the head can result in significant and life-changing effects for victims, while more serious injuries can cause victims to suffer profound cognitive disabilities, personality changes, and physical limitations. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, our California brain injury attorneys know that TBIs can happen due to a variety of circumstances and scenarios. They may occur during auto accidents, because of preventable medical complications, or because of poor workplace safety protocols. Regardless of how they happen, the people who suffer from TBIs—along with their families—often face a lifetime of challenges related to their care and treatment. Many TBI victims lose their ability to live independently, and they may require extensive medical care for months, years, or even decades. The families of those victims may have no choice but to hire medical professionals to care for their loved ones around the clock. The costs of such care can be astronomical, especially when the victims themselves were primary income earners for their loved ones. Our legal team believes that TBI victims and their families shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for the consequences of injuries that weren’t their fault. That’s why we do everything in our power to help our clients get maximum compensation. From collecting evidence that leaves no doubt about how the TBI occurred, to calculating how much compensation your family deserves, we’re ready to fight for your rights. Call today for a free consultation.
September 10th, 2018If you or someone you love recently suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be facing a difficult battle over the coming months, years, and even decades. That’s because TBIs have the potential to affect every aspect of victims’ lives, including their ability to work and even live independently. Because the brain is far less capable of healing and regeneration than other organs and tissues in the body, all TBIs have the potential to cause profound and lifelong consequences for victims. The medical bills and rehabilitation costs associated with TBIs can be overwhelming for many families, especially when victims are primary income earners and can no longer earn the paychecks their loved ones depend on. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, our California brain injury lawyers know how serious TBIs can be and their potential for affecting families for years to come. That’s why we do everything in our power to help victims get maximum compensation for all of their TBI-related expenses, including current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, and pain and suffering. Whether the TBI was caused by a car accident, a defective product, a work-related accident, or another type of accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, you can count on our legal team to provide the experienced and dedicated representation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help you move forward with your life.
July 9th, 2018Brain injuries are unique. They’re the only type of injuries that can permanently change victims’ cognitive abilities and personalities. Even minor brain injuries can cause enough damage to result in profound effects on victims’ abilities to work and live independently. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that many traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by accidents—and those accidents are often due to other people’s or parties’ negligence. When victims and their families come to us for help after they’ve suffered from TBIs, it’s our goal to do two things for them:
- Investigate the cause of the TBI—To file an injury claim, we must prove that the injury occurred due to another party’s negligence or carelessness. That involves collecting and presenting compelling evidence to the insurance company.
- Calculate how much the TBI will cost over a lifetime—When victims suffer serious damage to brain cells and neurons, they may never recover what was lost—and that can mean permanent disability. We’ll find out how much the TBI will cost you and your loved ones, and we’ll make sure the insurance company knows how much it owes you.