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The path to recovery from a traumatic brain injury

Unfortunately, some serious injuries can lead to long-term or permanent effects that do not allow a person to fully recover.

In particular, if you suffer a traumatic brain injury, you will likely have a hard time during recovery -- especially if your injury proves particularly severe. If this is the case for you, you have options to lessen your condition's financial toll.

Effects of a TBI

After suffering a TBI, you may experience a number of difficulties and effects that can throw your life out of balance. You may experience:

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Lack of focus
  • Agitation, frustration, restlessness and nervousness
  • Acting out uncharacteristic behaviors, such as physical aggression

These issues may improve as you go through recovery efforts, but some of these effects may last for an extended period.

Recovering from a TBI

Recovery for a traumatic brain injury differs from case to case. However, commonly, the most improvement tends to happen between one and six months after the injury occurs. That does not mean that improvements stall at that point, but they do occur at a much slower rate. After two years, the improvements drastically slow down but could still take place. Recovery often involves extensive medical care and rehabilitation programs.

Because a TBI can cause many changes in a person's life and affect his or her abilities, no set outcomes apply to recovery. Statistics show that two years after the injury, the majority of people are living in private residences. Thirty-four percent of individuals need sort of supervision even two years after a TBI. When it comes to employment, 33 percent of post-injury parties are employed, and 29 percent are not. Others are retired or students.

Seeking compensation after a TBI

If your traumatic brain injury resulted from the negligence or recklessness of another party, you may have reason to file a legal claim against that person. A personal injury claim could help you seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages permitted under Montana state law.

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