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Traumatic brain injuries: The facts you need to know

Traumatic brain injuries can take years to recover from. While some mild forms may take only weeks to see incredible improvement, more serious injuries take time.

Traumatic brain injuries are costly, but since your accident was caused by someone else, you can fight for the compensation you need as you recover. The last thing you should have to worry about is where you'll get the money for your physical therapy, occupational therapy or other treatment plans.

How long can you expect to see changes in your health after you suffer an injury like this?

Initially, you may see a quick improvement over the first few weeks as the swelling on the brain reduces. After that, you can expect to see progress for several months. Recovery can go on for years, because changes to the brain do not happen quickly. Rehabilitation sets healing in motion, so you may see continued results for a long time to come.

Why does a TBI cause so many problems for the brain?

When you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, the brain itself may be bruised or injured in other ways. Swelling puts pressure on the brain, further damaging it. On top of that, a traumatic brain injury disrupts the balance of chemicals in the brain. These chemicals are necessary to keep your neurons functioning correctly, so when they are not working or are not at the right levels, your brain does not function normally. As your brain chemistry improves over time, you will see an increase in the things you can do and marked improvement.

What should you do if you suffer a TBI?

If you suffer from a traumatic brain injury after a collision, it's a good idea to work with your attorney to seek the highest settlement or award possible. Traumatic brain injuries take time to heal, and you need financial support to be able to focus on your health during that time. Your attorney can help you win an award that is fair and enough to support your needs.

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