Whether it's a closed head injury or penetrating injury in a motorcycle accident, it can lead to brain damage. One of the concerns that victims and/or their families have is if the brain damage is curable.
Prognosis of Brain Damage after an Accident
This type of injury is the result of damaged brain cells. Sometimes it's irreversible and other times the brain returns to normal functioning. In general, the level of severity determines if brain damage is treatable. A mild brain injury can cause temporary complications.
Most affect the person with symptoms such as:
- confusion; and
- memory difficulties.
With time (and sometimes therapy), recovery occurs. But even with a mild brain injury, some people experience ongoing problems. A moderate to severe brain injury may not be treatable. It could result in life-altering and disabling problems. This can cause physical, behavioral and/or cognitive impairment.
How Treatment May Affect Someone with Brain Damage
Damage to the brain is oftentimes minimized when diagnosed and treated early. Immediately after the accident it's important to stabilize the patient to prevent further injury to the brain. This includes making sure there’s a proper flow of oxygen and blood to the brain, along with controlling the patient’s blood pressure. Ongoing medical care that may help treat a brain injury includes rehabilitation.
Some types of therapies used for brain damage are:
- occupational therapy;
- physical therapy; and
- psychological support.
It's hard to forecast the long-term effects of a brain injury. Most of the time it's a matter of waiting and a doctor closely monitoring the patient. Meanwhile, it's a good idea to talk with an attorney if the brain damage is caused by a motorcycle accident that someone else caused. There may be legal grounds to pursue compensation for damages.
Call the Miley Legal Group in Clarksburg at 304-931-4088 to set up a consultation about your case.