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Overcoming brain injuries

It is estimated that 2.5 million people a year around the country will suffer from a traumatic brain injury. After an injury occurs, doctors and family members will work together to help an injured Montana patient live as normal a life as possible. The type of rehabilitation program designed will depend largely on the type and severity of the injury suffered. For instance, a person who is in a coma will receive specific care to manage symptoms.

Long-term care programs may be available for those who are not able to live on their own. Such programs may include acute rehabilitation, which may enable victims to one day live on their own again. Behavioral programs may also be available to help those who have suffered a brain injury learn to control their emotions and learn proper social skills.

Services may be provided by a wide range of professionals including vocational professionals who may be able to help an injured patient get back into the workforce. Speech professionals may also be part of the team, and they are responsible for helping someone with a brain injury learn how to communicate. Physical therapists may be able to help victims regain their physical abilities after they have been injured.

Those who have suffered a debilitating brain injury in a motor vehicle accident may choose to pursue compensation for their damages if the cause was due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver. A personal injury attorney can examine the circumstances surrounding the accident, including the results of police and other investigations, in order to determine the remedies that may be available.

Source: Family Caregiver Alliance, "Traumatic Brain Injury", February 2015

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