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What Should I Do If I Am Suffering From a TBI?

February 5, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

The brain is a fragile and important part of your body. If you sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to another’s negligence, the first step is to seek medical attention immediately. The sooner you see a doctor and rehabilitate, the better your outcome will be.

After you see a doctor, contact an experienced injury lawyer. The attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson strive to gain victims of TBI and their families the verdicts and settlements they deserve.

Study Shows Early Rehabilitation is Essential for Successful Recovery after TBI

According to an article on MedicalXpress.com, early rehabilitation has a profound effect on how well a patient recovers after a severe TBI, and could even increase a victim’s chance of survival.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg conducted a study where 280 participants were followed up 1 to 11 years after their initial TBI. The research showed a clear connection between how quickly patients get access to rehabilitation and how well they recover.

“We found that the functional activity, for example how independent the patients are in their daily activities and how fast they can return to work, is substantially improved among those who are admitted to inpatient rehabilitation care early,” stated Trandur Ulfarsson, one of the researchers in the study.

The study also showed that a severe TBI could often lead to an impaired pituitary function, most often lack of growth hormone, which could cause obesity. The research also shows that men who suffer a severe TBI have a five times higher risk of dying 10 years after their injury; for women, the risk is eight times higher.

“One conclusion is that a severe [TBI] should be considered a chronic medical condition that requires professional care and support for a very long time,” Ulfarsson stated.

If you sustained a TBI due to the negligence of another, speak with our injury lawyers today and tell us your story. We handle cases throughout the nation and around the globe.

Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-early-important-recovery-severe-traumatic.html