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How is a traumatic brain injury treated?

Brain injuries can be suffered in a number of ways. Many brain injury victims incur their injuries in automobile accidents and workplace accidents, but hospital negligence can also lead to a brain injury. This may be especially true when a patient is subjected to inadequate monitoring, medication dosage errors or if the victim receives insufficient oxygen during an operation. A traumatic brain injury can leave a victim with serious, lifelong disability that can forever change his or her life.

There are options for medical treatment and rehabilitation of a traumatic brain injury. Oftentimes medical professionals will try to prevent secondary damage caused by inflammation and brain bleeding. To do so, medication such as diuretics and anti-seizure medications may be administered. In some instances it may be necessary to use coma-inducing medications to limit the amount of oxygen the brain needs. Surgery may also be needed to treat a traumatic brain injury. Such steps may be necessary to remove hematomas, repair any damage to the skull, and/or open up the skull to relieve the pressure created by swelling and bleeding.

Treating a brain injury doesn't end there, though, as a traumatic brain injury sufferer will also likely need extensive rehabilitation. This process may include the need for a physiatrist, occupational and physical therapists, a neuropsychologist and a vocational counselor, amongst others. This rehabilitation may be long-term and expensive, but it may be necessary to help these sufferers reclaim as much of their lives as possible.

In many instances, injuries suffered in a hospital setting are preventable. Therefore, those who have suffered harm at the hands of a negligent doctor or nurse should consider their legal options, as it may be possible to pursue compensation to help cover their damages.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Treatments and Drugs," accessed on Jan. 29, 2017

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