Brain injury recovery may be slow and frustrating

If a loved one suffers a head trauma in a car accident, it is common to feel anxious and worried while watching him or her go through the stages of recovery. Healing from a brain injury may be a slow and frustrating process, both for the victim and his or her family. Because the science of brain injury medicine in Ontario is relatively new, recovery and prospects for the future are unpredictable.

A brain injury may include swelling or bleeding, along with other chemical changes that affect brain function. The victim may be in a coma, a vegetative state or a minimally conscious state if the injury is severe. Most people who suffer traumatic brain injuries experience some kind of disorientation. They may be agitated, unable to learn, restless or even aggressive. This stage of recovery may be especially disturbing for family members because the victim may not behave consistently or the way he or she behaved before the accident.

Gradually, brain function may begin to improve as swelling and bleeding decrease. Nevertheless, depending on how severe the injury was, there is the possibility that the victim will suffer permanent cognitive impairment. These possibilities are not easy to predict, but some factors seem to influence recovery, such as the age of the victim, the time spent in a coma and the type of trauma received.

In most cases, traumatic brain injury results in some long-term medical needs. Studies show that of those who suffer moderate to severe head trauma, only 33 percent are employed two years after the accident. Those people may also suffer financial hardship because of medical bills and lack of income. Many in Ontario find that the best way to seek recovery of their losses is by consulting with an attorney following the accident that resulted in their injury.

Source: msktc.org, "The Recovery Process For Traumatic Brain Injury", Thomas Novack, Accessed on Dec. 30, 2016

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