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More Than Just A Bump: What Can You Expect After A Traumatic Brain Injury?

If your loved one has been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after a Blue Springs, MO auto accident, you may be wondering about your loved one's future.  Will he recover? Will she be able to live a fulfilling life? What kind of medical treatment will he require? Will you be able to pay the bills? How long will recovery take? 
 
These are valid questions.  Unfortunately, our Blue Springs, MO auto accident lawyers don't have all the answers.
 
The outcome of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) depends on the part of the brain that is injured and the severity of the injury.  Some victims fully recover within months.  Others are left with severe mental and physical disability, and may require life-long supervision and assistance. 
One of the most important factors that can affect the outcome of a traumatic brain injury is immediate medical attention.  Head injuries often seem minor at first, but as the brain swells they can develop into serious injuries.  We recommend that anyone who has been in a Missouri car accident be screened for head injury.  Learn more in our article, "A Kansas City Car Accident Lawyer Explains Why You Should Seek Medical Attention after a Missouri Car Crash."
 
Head injuries are usually treated in a hospital setting. Initial care focuses on stabilizing the patient and preventing further brain damage from swelling or bleeding. The victim will probably see a neurologist who specializes in brain injury.  The neurologist will evaluate the damage. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to alleviate swelling or to repair damaged brain tissue.  Brain surgery is done by a neurosurgeon. Once the victim is in stable medical condition, he may be moved to a rehabilitation center where he will begin his recovery.  Rehabilitation may involve a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a visual therapist, a specialist in cognitive remediation and other specialists.  Rehabilitation can take months or years and may be very expensive.
 
You want the best treatment for your loved one, but treatment for brain injury is expensive. The cost of treating a serious brain injury can run from $85,000 to over $3 million.  It is natural to wonder how you will pay for your loved one's treatment.
 
If your loved one suffered a brain injury in a Missouri car crash, we suggest you speak with a Blue Springs, MO auto accident lawyer.  The attorney will be able to determine if your loved one has a Missouri accident claim and if he or she is eligible for compensation for medical expenses, disability, lost income, and pain and suffering.  Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys to learn more.  The initial consultation is free.
 
Learn more about the rights of Missouri accident victims; download a copy of our free book, 10 Essential Steps You Must Take To Protect Your Injury Claim.
James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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