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Traumatic brain injury: the recovery process

A traumatic brain injury can change a person's life forever. This type of injury can be the result of many things, including but not limited to a motor vehicle accident, slip-and-fall accident or collision during a sports event.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it's important to fully understand how the recovery process typically plays outs.

In the weeks following a brain injury, it's not uncommon for a person to be in a coma. In short, this is when a person is unconscious, meaning he or she does not have the ability to respond to sounds or visual stimulation.

Over time, as the person begins to recover, it's the hope of his or her medical team that improvement will come about slowly but surely. This can include things such as a regular sleep-wake cycle and the ability to follow commands.

Length of recovery

One of the biggest questions regarding a traumatic brain injury is associated with the length of recovery. In a perfect world, a person would be able to recover from this injury within a few weeks. Unfortunately, this is very rarely the case, as a traumatic brain injury can have a big impact on many parts of the body.

Conversely, over time, it's possible for an individual to make progress. Generally speaking, improvement happens the fastest during the first six months following the injury. This is when the most improvement will be made, with outsiders recognizing steady progress.

After six months, progress often slows down; however, improvement can be seen for the next 18 months. This differs from one person to the next, so there's no way of knowing exactly what to expect.

Finally, after two years have passed, improvement slows down considerably. This doesn't mean that people can't continue to improve on their condition, but it's not nearly as substantial as it was during the first two years.

Due to the seriousness of a traumatic brain injury, it's important to seek immediate medical attention. The sooner a person is treated for this type of injury the greater chance he or she has of making a recovery.

Furthermore, due to the need for ongoing treatment, many people take the time to learn more about their legal rights. They often realize that they can obtain compensation from a negligent party, such as another driver who caused an accident, with the idea of using the money to pay for medical bills and future treatment.

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