Posted on August 30, 2011 in Personal Injury
Treatment for a catastrophic head injury begins with emergency care at the scene of the accident. Once vital functions such as breathing, pulse, and blood pressure have been stabilized, initial tests will be performed, such as x-rays and CT scans, to determine the full extent of the injury to the brain. The patient will then typically receive intensive care or surgery designed to repair damage and minimize the likelihood of further harm occurring. Neurologic and physical therapy will likely follow, not only to stimulate nerve and brain function, but also to keep the body from deteriorating due to prolonged inactivity during treatment.
The goal of rehabilitation is to restore as much function as possible. For a victim suffering from a traumatic brain injury, this will generally include recovering motor and cognitive function, as well as learning new ways to perform daily tasks. Rehabilitation will likely be overseen by a physiatrist specializing in rehab, diagnosis, and treatment of pain related to TBI. Most often, the TBI victim will then receive extensive physical and occupational therapy, in addition to psychological and speech therapy.
Contact a Seattle brain injury attorney at the law firm of Dean Standish Perkins and Associates if you or a loved one was injured in a accident.
Dean Standish Perkins & Associates
1800 Ninth Avenue, Ste. 1630
Seattle Washington 98101