The Early Stages of Recovery

The initial moments after your brain injury are crucial to your overall recovery. As soon as you suffer a head injury, visit a hospital for treatment, even if you do not feel any initial symptoms. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be in a coma, vegetative state, or minimally conscious state.

After you move past this first stage, you may be in a period of confusion and disorientation. You may have amnesia and have trouble concentrating or remembering things. You may feel agitated or frustrated. However, you may also see certain improvements – some days may be better than others, but you may see progress over time.

The brain has a limited ability to heal itself. You are likely to see the most progress within the first six months after your injury – this is when the brain is working the fastest to repair the damage. However, recovery does taper off after that period, and you may notice slower milestones over time.

Recovery After the First Six Months

After your initial treatment and rehabilitation, your progress will slow down. This can feel disappointing, especially if you were making quick progress earlier. However, it is important to remember that this is a normal part of traumatic brain injury. Progress may come at a slower pace, but you can increase your chances of recovery by engaging in certain activities.Continue to participate in your program and see medical professionals regularly. Avoid activities that could hurt your progress, such as drinking alcohol, doing drugs, or participating in dangerous sports. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it – approximately 30% of traumatic brain injury victims need some sort of assistance.

Traumatic brain injuries may be severe, but recovery is possible. However, this recovery can also be very expensive, depending on the types of treatment you need and how long you will need treatment. You can recover compensation for your past and future TBI medical expenses through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim – contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.

Spencer Eisenmenger
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, product liability, birth injury and personal injury clients.