Regaining mobility after a brain injury

As patients begin their recovery from traumatic brain injury, they are faced with many limitations in their movements. In severe cases, patients may be fully or partially paralyzed, others will have problems walking, and controlling their arms and legs. The injury affects the ability of the brain to send the body messages. Whether or when patients will regain those abilities, or be able to retrain the body in new ways is different in each case.

Rehab and Recovery

In some cases, it’s best to transfer the patient from the hospital directly to a rehab center for intensive therapy. In other cases, the person can be sent home and treated with outpatient therapy. Either way, therapy from trained professionals is vital to recovery. While each injury is unique, medical experts are developing some general predictors about recovery prognosis. These center on the patient’s abilities to balance and swallow, and some other key indicators that make it more likely that they will still need care one year from the injury. On-going limitations will depend on how the injury happened, as well as the precise location and severity. Rehab will include a focus on self-care and basic movement activities, such as dressing, eating, going to the bathroom, bathing, walking, and using stairs. The patient will either re-learn how to do these skills, or learn new ways to get them done. Limitations on mobility can be short-term for some patients, and permanent for others.

Legal considerations

If someone else caused your injury, or your loved one’s, their insurance company may have to pay you for the costs of your injury. If it’s shown they are responsible, they have to cover not only medical and rehab needs, but any lost wages, and other consequences from the accident. Some insurance companies will pressure you into settling early, and for a lower amount than you deserve. It’s in your interest to contact an attorney who specializes in brain injury accidents. Experienced lawyers will have access to medical professionals who can be sure you get the proper testing, evaluations, and treatment plans that you need. Before you settle, you will want to have a full understanding of the long-term care plans for the injured person. A financial settlement will not give the patient their mobility back, but it can ease their adjustments back to daily life and hopefully help them reach a point of self-care and gainful employment. You can setup a free consultation by calling 877-544-5323 or by clicking here to e-mail us.